New Emojis Are Finally On Their Way

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June 16 2014 7:28 PM

New Emojis Are Finally On Their Way

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A teaser of what's to come.

Emojis from Unicode.

Prepare for the next generation of emojis. Unicode, the group that governs technical standards for the little pictures and symbols, announced on Monday that it's releasing about 250 new emojis this summer. And if the sample above is any indicator, they look sophisticated and fresh.

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It's a sensitive subject, though, because everyone has different emoji priorities. Emojorities?

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There's been controversy.

Tears have been shed.

People of all races (not pictured at left) have argued for increased depictions of racial diversity.

Miley Cyrus has thrown down.

The new list includes entries like "Sideways Black Left Pointing Index," "Black Right Pointing Backhand Index," and "Black Up Pointing Backhand Index."

There are also a number of tech items on the list including "Pocket Calculator," "Printer," "One Button Mouse," "Two Button Mouse," "Three Button Mouse," and "Black Hard Shell Floppy Disk." Cutting edge!

The list also includes more nuanced depictions of emotion like "Right Anger Bubble" and "Slightly Frowning Face."

The update is coming in July. It probably won't solve every concern people have about emojis, but as they become a more high profile medium (note above that there's a dedicated emoji button on the keyboard in iOS 8), the Internet will presumably continue to be vocal about what it wants from its tiny pictograms.

Future Tense is a partnership of SlateNew America, and Arizona State University.

Lily Hay Newman is lead blogger for Future Tense.

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