Relating emojis to 1984. Yeah, yeah, that is what we’re doing today.
So here’s a book.
Called 1984. You mayyyyy have heard of it. And by “heard” I mean EVERYONE WHO HAS EVER LIVED COMPARING IT TO 2017. You know, the book with “Big Brother”, the book whose sales skyrocketed after the US election. Hmm, I wonder why???
Today, I’ll be talking about a topic that is both serious and somewhat ~ridiculous seeming~. I’ll be comparing emojis (yes, a bit silly) and newspeak from 1984 by George Orwell. They have a lot in common, I promise!
- Everyone is using it. Oh, come on, you know you love using all of those laughing emojis, (I’m even looking at you, Gen X!) Every single day, millions and billions of emojis are sent to friends, coworkers, peers, etc. It’d be near impossible to find a person in the US with a phone who doesn’t send emojis at all. Emojis are somewhat a symbol of the millennials and Gen Z, they are somewhat mocking us in a way, mocking a bit how we aren’t as eloquent as our parents were when they were our age. In 1984, they’re trying to phase out all beauty of language. Newspeak is having, what it’s 11th revised dictionary during the book? Anyone supporting the Party tries to use it as much as they can, chiding Winston relying on oldspeak. Most everyone tries to use newspeak, and most everyone tries to use emojis. Frightening and compelling.
- They cause, somewhat, a decline in eloquence. Emojis. Rather than saying “I’m absolutely elated that you’re going to be there!” in a text, you might use an emoji such as 👍🏻. So, it is quite obvious that there’s a difference there. And some day, we might just find it bleeding into speech. Oh wait, we have. “It seems rather perilous,” one might say. “YOLO,” says the other. Newspeak, newspeak is a language completely developed to destroy beauty and increase the efficiency of militant and laborious tasks. “Oh my goodness, that’s absolutely, ineffably lovely!” versus “doubleplusgood.” Which one is better? The one that sounds like someone a *little* bit over excited, or the person stripping their language of any intimacy with the other in the conversation completely?
- Few seem bothered by the rise in popularity. We (I?) like to keep it happy here, but thousands upon millions upon billions rely on these emojis to make them smirk, smile, or giggle every day. So that’s billions of people contributing to a lack of eloquence in spoken and written language. If that’s not frightening, what is? Newspeak, devoted members of the party love it. They don’t mind the lack of beauty, they love it. They want it. Is that what our world wants? Silly jokes and “Cool, bro” ‘s floating around rather than “How are you doing, Margaret?” ‘s (I know, Margaret???). But, honestly, I think we’d best take caution. Maybe write a letter! Who knows, it may save us all from a fate we most certainly do not want.