By Sun R. Kim
In 2015, Oxford University Press made history announcing that Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year was, for the first time ever, a pictograph called “the face with tears of joy” emoji. I still do not know how to pronounce or spell this “word.” As the language of any culture reflects the nature of society, “emoji” may encapsulate today’s technology-rich and fast-paced digital environment into one single “pictographic script.” Language evolves as technology advances; creation of a widely accepted new language, Emoji, may represent a new culture accepted by “a universal society” where people and culture become digital.
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