When I posted the emoji video for Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love” a couple weeks ago, I noted I hadn’t seen anything quite like it before.
That video is not alone anymore now that video producer Jesse Hill has come back with an emoji music video for Mastermind highlight “Sanctified,” but I’m beginning to think there’s more to this emoji video idea than just novelty. One of the nice things about these videos is that they gloss the lyrics at the same time as they give you a way to focus in on them. In other words, they’re practical, in a way, in addition to playful. Regardless of what pleasure you get out of them, thank goodness there’s an emoji for Yeezus.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.