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This is how the emojis are used in the political debate

2019-10-03T10:10:03.997Z

The frog, the clenched fist, the clip. Emojis are a part of our everyday lives and are now taking an increasing place in the political debate on the internet. SVT News helps you clarify what the colorful symbols really mean.



A heart to someone we like, a flame to someone who is hot or a running guy to show that we are late. We are many who use the over 2,500 emojis available today to clarify our written communication.

In the public political debate on the Internet, the symbols have also come in handy to signal everything from political residence to express an argument. But even if a frog is sometimes just a frog, in political discussions it can stand for something completely different.

- What to think about online emojis is that it is a communication that is open to the public and that is why we must understand their use, says journalist Per Grankvist, who has written books on technology and social media and how these affects how we communicate.

"No need to formulate their opinions"

The snowflake, the tense biceps and the smiley laugh that make it cry are all used in political debates, either to support or mock. Per Grankvist sees the use of emojis as an easy way to argue politically.

- Many people use emojis to avoid having to formulate their opinions. They are there when you are unable to formulate but still want to say something and want to show you commitment.

"Articulate with words"

He thinks that the political discussions should be more written.

- Instead, articulate in short words. Using emojis is a little too autogenerated, he says.

Here are some of the emojis used in the political debate online today:

The frog - Originally from the right-wing alt-right movement in the United States. In Sweden, Grodan Boll and Skurt have been used as a domestic version of frog emojis.

The Crocodile - Occurred as a symbol against the frog emoji and for anti-fascism. The crocodile is portrayed as the animal that eats the frog.

Green Water Gun - Used by people who dislike leftists. The water spray should make these "sober up".

Gem - Used as a safety pin substitute, missing from the emoji set. The clip is a symbol of supporting people who have been subjected to hate crimes and harassment.

Snowflake - Disgraceful symbol used for people standing to the left who are considered fragile and unable to handle the harsh truth.

Knotted Fist - Used to signal the struggle against power and labor struggle.

Milk glass - Has become a symbol among right-wing extremists who believe that the presence of lactose intolerance in non-Europeans is a sign of Europeans superiority over other peoples.

Cry-Laughter Face - Used to mock and dismiss humanistic arguments that are considered naive.

Tense biceps - A symbol of feminist struggle.

Source: svt

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