Panelists argued that people will increasingly employ emojis—the tiny pictographs
that can represent emotions, objects, actions and more—for communication and
Our alphabet actually started as a bunch of little pictures. [Emojis]
capture something that is lost when you switch to a text-only medium.”
—BEN ZIMMER, executive producer, Vocabulary.com,
Fred Benenson, with the help of Amazon Mechanical Turk,
translated the literary classic Moby Dick into an emoji version.
Just before SXSWi started, artist Jesse Hill released
an unofficial video for Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love”
featuring an emoji translation of the lyrics.