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Figurines have seen fever in cell phones and inspire debate about the future of communication

RIO – In what moment we arrived. Measures must be taken. Last. If you read this article and you already think of a bus driver, straight up next to a jack and a woman with iron, you can not deny it. It is already domineering
cards that have flooded WhatsApp
, If you use, skip and create your own cards, the case is more serious. But finally, at what point? Well … to a new point, no doubt.

Stickers have become the lingua franca web

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are the latest example of how technology creates tools for us to communicate – or to discover us.

Figurine & # 39; Past & # 39; Photo: Playback
Figurine & # 39; Past & # 39; Photo: Playback

Together with the emoticons, they seduce by being fun, sweet, creative. But they also fill in gaps in the verbal language.

"Writing has always been trying to bring a piece of verbality, using characters like exclamation mark and ellipse. But in that respect, it has always been limited – admits Professor of UFMG Vera Menezes. "With emoji and stickers you can easily transmit ironic, joke.

From Morse code to label: evolution of communication in social networks

The ability to send images in virtual conversations has existed since they became popular in the 1990s, but the present form was gained in 2015 when the Telegram chat application enabled users with some digital knowledge to create their own cards. Following the success of the competition, WhatsApp adopted the same feature at the end of last year. Result: In 2019, you might be surprised by the figure Gaia sent out the least.

Stickers Photo: Reproduction / Art
Stickers Photo: Reproduction / Art

This happened during the drafting of this report. After receiving our WhatsApp interview request, UFRGS Professor of Communication and Information Alex Primo responded with a picture of his 8-year-old daughter who makes the sign of "joinha". She created the Figurica herself. In response, we sent Blinking He-Man. First, it uses its own interaction to explain how tabs fix links:

– When I sent the sticker, I wanted to say "okay, we'll have our interview at 11:00." When you answered with He-Man, I've already learned to share a common symbolic universe – analyzes Primo. – Mobilized her an affective question that would require more time through the text. We have moved on and accelerated the development of the relationship between two people who do not know each other.

Stickers: Figurines Photo: Playback
Stickers: Figurines Photo: Playback

For those who are already attacking the sake, fearing that this kind of "shortcut" would replace the typed texts, could impoverish the Portuguese language, teacher Vera Menezes seeks peace. And he remembers that every new way of communication is surrounded by suspicion. She claims that in the antiquity of the coming of writing she was criticized. Plato, for example, feared that writing habits would affect our memory ability.

Stickers used in messaging applications Photo: Playback / Art
Stickers used in messaging applications Photo: Playback / Art

The president of the Brazilian Academy of Letters Marco Lucchesi has already handed over to characters and emoticons. For him, these features do not prevent traditional forms of communication.

"The fact is that we have to work with all modalities, from the most intense, like high literature, to the repertoire that connects us to the world over the internet," says the Immortal. "It is not a war of one language against another.

Is it possible that emoticons, labels and memories enter the literature? In a way, this is already happening: In 2013, the American congressional library included in its collection of "Emoji Dick", a version of "Moby Dick" by Hermann Melville (1819-1891), with details: written only to the emoji.

Stickers Photo: Reproduction / Art
Stickers Photo: Reproduction / Art

The case is, however, more anecdotal than an indication that we will "talk" in the future as it is. For Caroline Tagg's British Linguistics from the Open University, it does not threaten even the popularization of audio and video through mobile phones using writing:

– Different features meet different functions. Nonverbal resources are supplemented by verbal language rather than substitutions. What we see now is the increase in the number of people in the repertoire.

Philip Seargeant, author of the book, "Emoji Revolution", a book to be released in July in the UK, also thinks this. He argues that verbal language is still the most flexible communication system we have and will not disappear:

– Literacy is not compromised by modern communication. We read more than ever and we still get the skills of visual and verbal mixing.

Seargeant anticipates that there are already studies of the invention that would allow us to talk directly from our brain. We do not know what these conversations will be – but surely somebody screams at them.

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