Emoji Politics

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Today's emoji is one ugly futter. You can't tell a man from woman, or boy girl baby. They are all drawn in a style where everyone is a creepy wimp.

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Unicode 10 apple emoji 2018-06-06

Here's unicode FAQ on why it became creepy unhuman.

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from Unicode frequently asked questions https://unicode.org/faq/emoji_dingbats.html 2021-03-07

Emoji originate from Japan's phone around 2005. It was evolved from emoticon. The goal of emoji in unicode was to standadize them and use font instead of inefficient images. But now, neither goal is reached. Google, Apple, each draw them to promote their products and politics.

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google noto emoji font 2017-02-24

for about 5+ years, Google anthropomorphize its android logo as emoji. Ugly and creepy. It used to have antenna.

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apple emoji phone mouse 2018-06-06

and this is Apple's emoji. It just show its own products in expense of clear communication. Note its โ€œTHREE BUTTON MOUSEโ€ and โ€œDESKTOP COMPUTERโ€.