posted on Jun, 17 2015 @ 02:27 PM
I know a guy who was arrested for sending a threatening text message over the phone. So it does happen. It is covered by existing laws. So I ask
again. What is the difference between threatening with emoji's or with words. When the threat has the same meaning in both.
This is a language issue. Is txt speak and emoji's a language. That is what this is really about. If the guys sending the message through Facebook.
Were to send the message in English, We are going to beat you up again and put you in the hospital. They would get arrested. So why shouldn't they get
arrested by sending the message in Emoji.
The only argument anyone is making is that they should not be arrested because emoji's are cute. Who cares if they are cute. If you get a threatening
message in beautiful flowing cursive. With pictures of flowers and rainbows around it. Should you dismiss it because it is pretty.
If you want to argue against the laws that are already on the books. That is fine. But those laws are on the books. And just because emoji's are
cute. Does not mean that there is not a threatening message behind the cuteness and those laws should be ignored.
Like I said above, this is a generational language issue. Its not the beginning of a police state. That is already here and has been for a long time.
It also is not the beginning of everyone living inside their own reality bubble. That is happening. But is a separate issue entirely. This is a, I
don't like how the youngins talk, issue. Because it is different and I do not understand it.
It is worth repeating. Using pictures instead of words is a growing form of communication. A language born of the internet. You might think it is
silly. Other may not. Others may use it in a malicious way.
Its like telling an Egyptian Pharaoh that he should ignore the threat of an assassination because it was written in hieroglyphics. Like it or not. A
large and growing segment of our population is using this form of new age internet hieroglyphics to communicate.
edit on 17-6-2015 by karmicecstasy because: (no reason given)