What do tears of joy, eggplant and Santa have in common? Apparently nothing, and you’re now also wondering why I’m asking that question on a film blog. (But not really, because you read the article’s title.) Well, they’re all emojis.
In a groundbreaking, surprising move, Oxford Dictionaries even made the tears of joy emoji their word of the year for 2015. Sure, we’re all using emojis (do we have a choice when it’s automatically in our phones?) but are they that big, though?
You tell me: Instagram had to ban the eggplant emoji because it was invariably featured with content that didn’t match their terms and conditions, you can search Instagram posts by emoji, and Facebook’s latest update lets us “react” to posts by emojis.
Linguists have taken ahold of the matter, and as it turns out filmmakers can learn a lot from using emojis. Here’s how.
Read the rest on the Raindance blog.