The Weekly Stripe – 11.10.19
Behind the scenes at Stripe Towers, communicating over platforms like Slack and WhatsApp helps the team to keep in touch and share news. What this also means is that there are many more gifs, memes and emojis flying around than ever before! This got us thinking about the politics - and purpose - of emojis as a tool for communication, and what their unique grammar adds to everyday conversations.
Last week (October 2019), singer Lizzo called for President Trump’s Im(PEACH)ment, and suddenly the ‘sexy peach’ emoji got political. The Washington Post responded with a view on how emojis as symbols take on multiple meanings, phonetically and visually
How many emojis do we need to represent ‘dinosaurs’? But what about, skin tone? Or hair style? What is included in emoticode raises questions of representation, exclusion and bias in digital communication What gets written into and out of emoji language is highly charged
Do we have enough emojis to talk about climate emergency? Two artists have launched a new set of mobile stickers – Climoji – to address the challenge
Gretchen McCulloch explores how children produce meaning through emojis, where their relationship with language is rapidly changing to be more malleable, and directed at them, than ever before
And finally, from Japanese icon to lifestyle trend: the ‘smiling poop”s gradual creep into mainstream culture, explained