As most of the civilizations that achieved a high level of upsurge in the most fields of a developed society, people start to observe that as technology, industry, economy rise, morality and ethics enter a crisis. The German philosopher and historian Oswald Spengler has written about the effects of having developed tech, industry and economy to a society, highlighting that every civilization represents the death of culture and also the start of the decline of one society. As life gets more and more comfortable and easy, people forget what their purpose is, not that there would be such a transcendentally target which anyone should aim to. Such things are relative and they often exist when a civilization is at the level of `culture`, that is, in Spengler`s view, embraced by other scientists, like for example Alvin Toffler, the land of having a reason to live, having rules that you need to respect and integrating yourself as part of a story, which offers you the fantastic relief of having something to die for. The postmodern ethics are not oriented toward such things, as the Western civilization might be at its peak, awaiting an imminent, drastic, terrible end. In our times, we are more oriented to respecting the law and the freedom of the other human beings but also focus on self development. It may sound like a bluff, but that is how our reality looks like. As there are many things that scare some of us related to the way tech affects our society, in the recent period of time people have started to ask questions about the emojis and more specifically about how the rise of the emoji affects language.
Mobile devices are extremely popular in the Western civilization. Internet, the social platforms and social media have changed the way in which people used to communicate and in a considerable way. Emojis are part of our communication system at the moment, and more and more people are raising questions about the implications that the rise of the emoji have in relation to human interaction.
However, the emojis do not have the capacity of decreasing the essential, traditional language`s hang. Firstly, there is only a limited variety of such emojis to express ourselves, even if their range has been enlarged massively. They are even more limited than our language is, so people will never trust emojis in a critical measure.
Secondly, they do not say much. They function more as an ornament to the traditional language, but they do not have the power to do duty for the usual way of communicating.
So, even if the situation looks pretty bad when it comes to the fate of the Western civilization, the emojis will probably not be burdened with the prime responsibility to the death of the Occident. Even if they play a role, without doubts.
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