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Cher shares why she loves emojis: they’re “modern-day hieroglyphs”

If you follow Cher on Twitter, you already know that this is a fairly representative tweet: SOME????’s ????????TWT ABOUT GIVING UP,NOT BEING ????????ENOUGH 2 GO ON????IT HAPPENS 2US ALL????GOTTA FIND SOME1/THING,U????&REACH UP,REACH OUT, NEVER GIVE UP????INO — Cher (@cher) September 11, 2016 The performer’s emoji-heavy approach to the medium is so idiosyncratic that it even … Continue reading “Cher shares why she loves emojis: they’re “modern-day hieroglyphs””

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If you follow Cher on Twitter, you already know that this is a fairly representative tweet:

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The performer’s emoji-heavy approach to the medium is so idiosyncratic that it even garnered a New York Times think-piece—which Cher found insulting:

Backstage at the Fast Company Innovation Festival, Cher explained to me why she’s gravitated toward emojis. “I’m terribly dyslexic,” she said, “so emojis came so easily to me because I kind of think of them as modern-day hieroglyphs“—tools for visualizing emotion.

Later, she told the audience how much dyslexia had affected her growing up. “Poverty and dyslexia really taught me what it’s like to have shame for something beyond your control.”

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Rich Bellis was previously the Associate Editor of Fast Company's Leadership section.

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