Happy World Emoji Day! (Yes, it's a real thing!)
Time to celebrate your favorite emoji and reflect on the technologies that we use, but often take for-granted, every day. I reflect on emoji in my research, asking the question, "What do emojis have to do with race?" Turns out, quite a bit!
As a part of World Emoji Day, my research on whiteness and emoji skin-tone modifiers was featured in an interview with NPR's Janae Pierre from WBHM, and in this news write up from the University of Alabama.
If you are interested in learning more about the research behind these interviews, you can read about the study I conducted in 2019 with my co-author Kelsea Whaley called Technically white: Emoji skin-tone modifiers as American technoculture.
I had the absolute pleasure of talking with Jess and Dylan, the hosts of the Radical AI podcast, about the ethics of chatbots, virtual assistants, and emoji design. They were really gracious and fun to talk with, and I can't say enough good things about the quality of their podcast. I highly recommend subscribing to the Radical AI podcast and soaking up all of the wisdom from their conversations with leading scholars in technology and media studies. (A great podcast to use in class and assign for students as well!)
Subscribe or listen to the episode here!