Emojis. They’re everywhere and I do mean everywhere. We just don’t have them in our phones anymore. They’re now merchandise like keychains, pillows and even shirts. But what I want to talk about now is the "Emoji Movie". I was kind of skeptical at first about this movie, but after watching it I was like alright, not bad. It’s about an emoji who can not only just make his face but do others as well. In a nutshell, someone who’s different from what everyone (or is it everything with an emoji?) is used to, and just like in the real work they don’t like different.
Instead of trying to understand him the plan is to delete this emoji. This scares him so he runs off. Through that and the friends he meets along the way, he starts to realize the world is much bigger than he thought, and that maybe just being yourself is not such a bad thing after all. Definitely a lesson that everyone can benefit from!
Emojis aren't just everywhere, Jenn. It's like they have become an extension of ourselves and part of our every day existance and communication. It's actually hard to imagination that there was once a time when they didn't exist at all. Scary thought, right? But they were only invented in 1997.
With the popularization of technology such as the web, cell phones, texting, messaging, in the 2010's they became much more common place. You don't even need to find the right words to express your thoughts anymore. Chances are there is the perfect emoji out there already just waiting for you to click on it!
Oh yes the days before Emojis! I remember those. In fact when Greg and I met in a chatroom you didn’t actually get emoji faces – if you wanted to smile you typed in :- ) - A big smile was :- D etc. Funnily enough those then became the commands to make the faces. At first there were just the basic ones and then it just grew and grew. Now, as Dave said, there is pretty much an Emoji for everything and the list of available ones seems to grow everyday. Of course not all Emoji’s resonate with their original programming – take for example “the poop emoji” – which apparently was meant to be ice-cream (Ummmm personally I am not buying that), or the egg-plant. Well we all know what THAT is used to represent. (Check out the video just before the giveaway for more on THAT!
In the last few years we have seen the Emoji elevated to a whole new status! Doctor Who in season 10 had an episode about a future where there was a colonist taken over by robots who basically only spoke "Emoji" which sounded hilarious - until you see the repercussions it entailed. In all seriousness though when you start to think about it our Emoji culture would be the equivalent of hieroglyphics found in ancient Egypt and that is seriously insane.
And finally I have to circle back to the purple eggplant emoji! Netflix has a reality show called The Circle which I will admit, was addicting, and I can't wait for season 2. The "contestants" took social media interactions to a whole new level. In fact that was the ONLY way they could communicate, and emojis were definitely front and center! It really showed how the whole tone of a written communication could be changed with the simple addition of a little picture or two. That is the level that Emoji culture has reached!
Check out the trailers below for the Doctor Who Emojibots, and for some of Joey's best moments from The Circle season one and then don't forget to scroll down and enter the giveaway!
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And Now For The Giveaway!
GIVEAWAY DETAILS & HOW TO ENTER!
Melanie's Muses will be giving away an "Emoji Prize Pack" featuring The Emoji Movie DVD, Heart Eye Emoji Bag, Key chains, Stickers, and Suckers from Dennifer Rhodes Christy, and the random stickers and things from the Melanie's Muses Swag Hoard!
For your chance to win- leave a comment ON THIS POST ON THE WEBSITE (comments left on shares around other social media WILL NOT COUNT) - Letting us know what is your MOST used Emoji?
The winner will be picked randomly from qualifying comments. Other comments about the article are very welcome but only entrants with the qualifying comments will go in the hat! What your answer is will not influence whether you go into the hat - Only that you answer the question!
Winner will be announced during the Live show on April 4th (and then posted here on the blog as well on April 5th Full Rules Below!
Good luck everyone!