If you want a soundtrack for this, try ‘Broke for Free’s Something Old’
To celebrate #worldemojiday, Apple has unveiled its new batch of iPhone emoji updates. They embrace our every diverse global culture, as the range of skintones increases further and there are dedicated emojis of breastfeeding and the headscarf.
Also, geeky/nerd culture is given top-billing with the T-Rex and Zombie emojis respectively. Mythical creatures are on the rise, too – with the genie following hot on the heels of the love-it-or-hate-it unicorn.
With each new update, why do emojis of old (and occasion completely obsolete tech) still persist?
Please don’t misunderstand me, I love old tech. I have a relic of an iPod Mini from 2005 (still boxed!) but why do we need an emoji of a 3 1/2 inch floppy disk? 💾 After all, that particular piece of technology has been encorporated into the cultural zeitgeist as nothing more than the punchline of jokes (which I love):
But the 📻 radio emoji, 📠 the fax machine emoji, does anyone under the age of 35 actually know what they are. After all we are very much living in a Mcluhanist World – where all media has simply become content for another media (case in point).
You could argue that we are surrounded by old emojis because of hipsters – but there’s one problem – vinyl record don’t feature in our current emoji selection.
Possibly, they are there for nostalgia value (as I type, Broke For Free’s ‘Something Old‘ has popped up on the Spotify Playlist) – but as someone who remembers tapes – I can honestly say I’ve never sent anyone the tape emoji📼. However, we have to remember that today, we are far less likely to escape the past than ever before as #throwbackthursday and #tbt mean we can relive any moment digitally.
The other possibility of course, is, (continuing on from yesterday’s theme about virtual reality and museums) – that our old-skool emoji stock is nothing more than a virtual museum. Sure, it’s not as emmersive as our old friend HTC VIVE but there is a possibility for an endless bank of old tech, (as long as it wasn’t too complex to depict via the humble emoji). CDs, 📀💿 are a good example of this.
Certainly, in a world where real-estate space and running costs are at a premium, wouldn’t a museum-in-your-pocket be the perfect solution? (But Liz, yesterday – you were saying you didn’t want virtual museums – well, I never said that – not really….)
Just something those emoji artists like to draw?
Maybe there is no answer – and maybe that’s the point.
Now, I have one last question: is there a Welsh Flag emoji (come on guys, we’ve got a dragon!) in the latest iPhone update?