Tackling the ongoing issue of diversity in emoji, This is not you. is a thesis that explores the beginnings of emoji, its mistakes, and the need to rethink many of its characters. Emoji are a universal system of characters—symbols of expression, not expressions of identity—and our individual identities are convoluting the pictorial language. You can read the thesis in full here.
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*This thesis has been adapted and abridged due to 2020’s COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than fully exploring the topic and detailing ways to solve it, this publication serves as an expansive prologue that explains the problem for a later continuation.