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2 Girls 1 Podcast EMOJI

The Daily Dot (Licensed)

Not everyone can see themselves on the emoji keyboard.

Most people think of emoji as trivial text message pictures—good for a laugh or a witty reply.

But creating them is a complex process debated by a consortium of tech giants. And as emoji become more widespread, so too does their cultural and linguistic importance. Do all the world’s cultures understand what pancakes are? Do little yellow smileys accurately represent all races and ethnicities?

This week on 2 Girls 1 Podcast, Alli and Jen (actors who perform weird internet stuff on stage) talk to Jennifer 8. Lee about Emojination, her campaign for multi-racial emoji, and whether emoji might evolve into a true language with grammatical rules and complex concepts like identity and tense.

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2 Girls 1 Podcast is hosted by Allison Goldberg and Jennifer Jamula, and is produced and edited by Matt Silverman in New York City. Production assistance is provided by The Podglomerate.

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Matt Silverman

Matt Silverman

Matt Silverman is the director of video and producer of 2 Girls 1 Podcast at the Daily Dot. He has been making internet shows and viral videos for nearly a decade, and has directed top talent including John Oliver, Kevin Bacon, Kate McKinnon, Alton Brown, and the Sesame Street Muppets. Silverman is also the creator of FREE DAD VIDEOS, a comedy and music channel with his young children.