Inside “Emojigeddon…” a news post from BuzzFeed, warns that there is “trouble afoot inside the Emoji Council of Elders” or, at the very least, signs of a low-simmering schism.”
What’s going on? Well, there’s some serious tension “at the Unicode Consortium — the 24-year-old organization that was established to develop standards for translating alphabets into code that can be read across all computers and operating systems.” It seems that there’s a struggle between traditionalists focused on the computer encoding of scripts and the young turks who would rather spend their time setting standards for “the newer and most popular character sets: emojis.”
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Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.