13. Mixed Emojions

13. Mixed Emojions

By Helen Zaltzman

The Allusionist

Wednesday, 17 June

Emoji allow communication without words. Could emoji be the universal language of the 21st century? Matt Gray and Tom Scott, founders of the emoji-only messaging platform emoj.li, talk through the pitfalls; and History Today’s Dr Kate Wiles finds the 500- and 5,000-year-old precedents for emoji.

CONTENT WARNING: this episode contains one category B swear word, plus reference to penises growing on trees.

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