SXSW 2019

Let’s Talk About the Gun Emoji


When the gun emoji was first approved by Unicode in 2010 there were a lot of unknowns about how it would be used.

Nine years later, we know a lot more.

When does the use of the gun emoji reflect real-world violence? What can we learn about the gun emoji from what comes before and after it? Can the design of the gun emoji impact its meaning? Join this panel of multidisciplinary emoji experts as we discuss the gun emoji from technical, ethical, social, emotional, and linguistic perspectives.

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Jane Solomon, Linguist-in-Residence (and Lexicographer),

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Design
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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