Identity through emoticons
Emoticons are currently available on nearly all computing processors to imply particular emotions or feelings that the user is attempting to portray. Are these effective in displaying emotion? How do emoticons portray identities or our culture for that matter? Can we as individuals identify with these digital icons? Emoticons are predominantly used in informal settings, in discussions with friends and so forth. How does using these images of emotions change one's communication with others? For that matter, do these images represent only particular cultures or can they be used to encompass all cultures?


This image is a great example of how emoticons are used to represent aspects of identity. The gentleman in the image embodies each of the major emoticons used in computing. How does the inclusion of a human being in the portrayal of emoticons alter our cultural perception and use of emoticons?


 This image portrays various colorful emoticons available for download should the automatic emoticons on one's computer deem unsuitable for the issue at hand. How can an emoticon represent identity?

Why do we need more animated emoticons to represent our emotions in text? Are the automatic emoticons originally installed on a computer not as effective when portraying or eliciting emotion or identity?

 The emoticons in this image use various colors to embody emotion. These are emoticons generally found automatically on computers. How does the inclusion of particular colors correlating to specific moods alter or construct our cultural perception of color? In effect, are these emoticon tools truly global icons that can be universally relative to each culture presented with them?

For further information/exploration:

A guide to anime emoticons 

The First Smiley 

Some definitions of emoticons