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In reply to: Emoji As Cultural

Emoji as cultural hegemony:

Should we let — in this case, Apple — or any company based in California dictate the style and visual representation of food emoji based on their own American — and specifically Californian — idea of that food?

— Federico Viticci, Connected #214.

The point raised by Federico Viticci on a recent episode of Connected was very refreshing to hear, and it was a shame that the other hosts sort of brushed it off.

There is value in diversity — not just of opinion and people, but also in modes of access. What is the implication of so many people accessing the internet (read here, perhaps, as cultural zeitgeist?”) through 1 of 2 interfaces, e.g. Android or iOS.

Where the medium is the message, what becomes of a world with such a limited scope of message?