Ok, I’m pretty sure we’ve all seen these little smiley faces and such for… oh about a decade now. They’ve always been called smileys, emotes or emoticons, or whatever, and now they’re being called emojis. Fine. But why are they suddenly so popular? What changed? What suddenly brought them to the forefront? Nothing I can tell. They’re still the same little smileys. So why is the media and, apparently, the rest of you, suddenly so obsessed with them? Apps created to carry on conversation completely by emote? An honest debate over whether the gun emote should be removed?
Why is this a thing?