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Emojis and Diversity

I read an article from The Guardian about how the diversifying of emojis is even more confusing. I think Apple has made a wonderful choice by making sure *most* groups of people are represented in the iphone emojis. However, more often than not, my friends who are not white have opted to use the default yellow emoji, much like the writer of the article stated. The emojis seem diverse because there are differences between them but it definitely does not embody each and every person well. However, just because they seem diverse doesn’t mean they are. For example, the “young male” with no mustache is blonde. This is very limiting when someone pf any other color than white wants to feel represented because more often than not, their hair is not platinum barbie blond. I don’t know what a great solution for this would be other than having the option to customize all of the emojis before using them. Let me know if you guys have any ideas! And here’s the link to the article: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/22/racially-diverse-emoji-are-a-nice-idea-but-will-anyone-use-them

2 Comments

  1. cwesselm wrote:

    i think the only way around this is to make every single variation available to every single person (which would take up so much space on your phone) or we’d have to make them so fake that real people cant even be like that (like purple skin for example). I dont think this is an easy fix, and it may never be really fixed

    Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 7:50 pm | Permalink
  2. jalber wrote:

    I think we could just go back to using gender/racially neutral emoticons like we were using before! Why do the emoji’s even have to be so specifically representational?

    Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 2:47 pm | Permalink