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When the Smoking Gun Is a 🚬🔫

Tuesday, July 11, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Extract from Casey C. Sullivan, Esq.'s article "When the Smoking Gun Is a 🚬 🔫"
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How deeply have emoji, those adorable icons featuring eye rolls, hair flips, and smiling poops, penetrated our culture? Very, very deeply. Youths can engage in hours-long text messages consisting of nothing but emoji hieroglyphics. Grandmas sign off their emails with kissy face emoji. 

The Museum of Modern Art now counts the original set of emoji as part of its permanent collection. “Moby-Dick” has even been translated into emoji. We are truly living in a golden age.

Emoji aren’t just for texts, museums, and great American novels, either. They’ve spread from our phones to our social media to our emails. Office “productivity” apps like Slack have helped emoji move into professional environments. Suddenly your colleague is messaging you with 😤 instead of just sending a passive aggressive email.

Emoji, Emoticons, and the 👨‍⚖️

Emoji were first introduced in Japan in 1999. The pictograms expressed ideas, principally emotions, that text itself often failed to convey. A wink, for example, could indicate sarcasm, a frowny face disappointment. As such, emoji are much like emoticons, the :-)s and ¯\_(ツ)_/¯s that seek to demonstrate feeling through repurposing punctuation marks, numbers, and letters.

But unlike emoticons, emoji are regulated. The Unicode Consortium establishes which emoji will be carried throughout the world and sets the uniform code for expressing those. The emoji you see on your screen are actually interpretations of character codes, such as U+1F601. This uniform system helps ensure that the smiley face emoji you send from your phone is read as a smiley face when it lands in someone’s desktop email, that a U+1F601 reads similarly across devices and platforms. Similarly but not the same. Different devices and platforms have their own emoji styles that can vary significantly at times. U+1F436, or “dog face,” for example, looks like one of the Pound Puppies on Apple products and a Shiba Inu on Google ones.

With emoji and emoticons being so pervasive, they are becoming an important part of courtroom disputes. Take the prosecution of Ross W. Ulbricht, the San Francisco man behind the online black market Silk Road, where, before the site was shut down, heroin and hit men were some of the most wholesome items available for purchase. Ulbricht, who operated the site under the name of “Dread Pirate Roberts,” was accused of engaging in a criminal enterprise, money laundering, and drug trafficking, among other crimes.

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