By: John S. Ehrett, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School. October 27, 2015.
As online communications have proliferated, discursive norms unique to the medium have emerged. The use of emoticons and, more recently, emojis—pictograms often conveying multiple layers of semantic meaning—has figured prominently in this process.[i] In the normal course of online interaction, Internet users routinely parse the symbolic significance of various emoticons and emojis.