I recently had the opportunity to tour one of Paris’ most popular attractions, the Louvre Museum. As expected, I was a little overwhelmed with the vast amount of historical and artistic pieces that lined walls and filled rooms. However, I did not expect the connection I made while watching other museumgoers stare intently at a recovered section of wall that was covered in tediously carved hieroglyphs. A likely inference in that instance was that my tourist comrades were trying to decipher the message that the images were meant to depict.

The irony in it all is that any number of those people likely had in their pocket, a smartphone capable of sending and receiving the most complex messages, entirely in picture form. At these modern picture messages, we do not bat an eye. In an age of technological revolution, the use of emoji can be one of our most efficient forms of communication and can arguably be qualified as digital hieroglyphics. Essentially, our smartphones act as endless cave walls, which we use to tell stories and wholly express ideas without the use a single word. It only requires that you be proficient in smiley faces.

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