You'll Soon Have A Heap Of Indigenous Emojis And It's About Bloody Time

We finally have an Aboriginal flag in our texting lexicon.

We have over 2,000 (and counting) emojis currently available for our texting needs and yet there hasn’t been any Indigenous emojis yet. We’ve had teeny peen emojis, suggestively shaped fruit and veg emojis, and even Avengers emojis and yet there’s still no Aboriginal flag. It’s messed up.

But that’s all about to change because the talented folks at Ingeous Studios are bringing the first ever set of Indigenous emojis to Australia.

Called “Indigemojis”, these were designed by “young people on on Arrernte country in Mparntwe/Alice Springs” over the “2018-2019 summer holiday” according to Ingeous and includes a bunch of long-awaited Indigenous emojis like a boomerang, a dingo, and a crown, hand and heart all rocking the colours of the Aboriginal flag.

Ingeous states that it aims to “inspire young people to decolonise their digital spaces” with Indigemojis and hope to “design and make new emojis relevant to their lives and culture.”

Unsurprisingly, this announcement has caught on like wildfire and to be honest, it’s about bloody time we got something like Indigemojis in our texting lexicon. It’s a sad thought that we got emojis for red-head representation before an Aboriginal flag so this is a big – if belated – step forward.

As for when you can start incorporating the Aboriginal flag and boomerangs into your messages, Indigemojis will be released on iOS and Android devices later this year for free via an app.

You Could Soon Be Jailed For Helping Your Dumb Mate With Their Uni Assignment

They'll have to earn that HD on their own.

Uni assignments, homework, and exams can get overwhelming. Sometimes you may need your smart friend to help you get through it all in exchange for a quick payday or a nice lunch at the unibar.

Well sorry to be the bearer of bad news but you’re going to have to do your assignments all on your own because having a mate helping you out (or vice versa) could soon be a jailable offence in Australia.

As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.

The ABC reports that the Federal Government is planning to outlaw a practice known as “contract cheating”, where students get others to complete their assignments and/or sit exams for them in exchange for a fee.

Students be found guilty under this proposed law could cop a fine up to $210,000 or face up to two years in jail, which is a pretty steep price to pay for a high distinction.

The idea is pretty ridiculous as an elevator pitch as it is but experts are worried that the wording in this proposed bill is too broad and overstepping the line.

Universities Australia chief executive Catriona Jackson and Associate Professor Phillip Dawson from Deakin University’s Centre For Research In Assessment And Digital Learning both stated that the bill’s wording was too vague and needed some serious rework.

Jackson says that “There’s a phrase [in the bill] describing prohibiting the provision of “any part of a piece of work or assignment” that a student’s required to complete,” and the broadness of this phrase could mean something as innocent as a parent proofreading an essay and giving notes might be deemed as illegal.

Dawson is on the same page, saying “If a student passes a note to another student in an exam or an older sibling offers to do the stats for their younger sibling’s assignment, that shouldn’t be a crime.”

Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan is doubling down on this bill for what it’s worth, saying that he “provided the draft legislation in April” and will ‘take feedback into account when finalising the bill”.

There are obviously more holes in this proposed anti-cheating bill than a wheel of Swiss cheese but these could be stamped out before Tehan expects to “introduce it to Parliament this year.”

Anti-cheating isn’t necessarily a bad idea but Tehan might be overstretching here. Beyond the fustercluck in trying to police this whole thing, it’ll take away that wholesome uni experience of panicking over an assignment with your classmates.

So best start hitting the books because you’re gonna have to earn that pass on your own. But you know what they say, “Ps equal degrees”!

Your Emoji Game Could Be The Difference Between Being Found Guilty Or Innocent In Court

*Slightly smiling emoji that may or may not be passive aggressive*

Emojis are steadily taking over every day conversation and the ever growing lexicon of said emojis is a testament to that little notion.

While we really don’t have anything to worry about emojis (other than stressing over whether the slightly smiling face emoji you’ve been sent is positive or some passive aggressive shade), lawyers and judges are probably wishing that these things would just disappear because it’s making their job far more difficult than it should be.

According to CNN, emojis are showing up in more court cases in the United States and both lawyers and judges are struggling mightily in tackling the nuances of emojis when they’re presented as evidence.

*confused emoji*

The issue lies with the subjective nature of an emoji’s meaning. No guidelines exist on how to approach interpreting emojis and lawyers and judges – especially those who are older and aren’t hip to the vernacular – are having problems figuring out what an emoji means in the context of a case.

Emojis are increasingly coming up in sexual harassment and criminal cases, as well as workplace lawsuits – 33 in 2017, 53 in 2018, and nearly 50 in 2019 already – and lawyers are having to argue what they all mean to judges and jurors. It’s all easier said than done because emojis can get lost in translation, especially when actual text isn’t used alongside them and lawyers are forced to describe what an emoji means using only words.

Is a dizzy face emoji enough to establish that an individual knew that a murder was happening? Does an eggplant emoji constitute to harassment or does it just mean someone wants to have eggplant for dinner? Does sending a knife emoji to someone constitute as a threat?

“They’re onto me *worried face emoji*”

There have been cases where emojis they actually added context but judges have opted to omit them as evidence because they either didn’t “get it” or thought it was all superfluous. For example, crown and money emojis don’t mean much on their own but when used in the context of a sex-trafficking case, there’s evidence towards things like prostitution (apparently a crown usually means a pimp in that scenario).

Beyond the struggles of figuring out what emojis mean in the context of court cases, the courts are also having to deal with various platforms rendering the same emoji differently.

For example, depending on if you use an Apple device or Android, some platforms render the pistol emoji to look like a real gun while others render it to look like a water pistol.

This could result in inconsistencies in rulings and miscommunication, which isn’t exactly what you want in court cases since it could mean the difference between guilty or innocent.

She was just joking. Maybe.

Lawyers and judges are probably bemoaning death of the English language due to the rise of emojis but they couldn’t be more wrong. Studies and research has shown that emojis basically a whole new language and a natural substitute for gestures. If anything, researchers are arguing that emojis complement language since they can add more meaning to a message depending on context.

So in short, emojis are here to stay and lawyers and judges will just have to get used to them. But hey, they’ll get used to emojis after an adjustment period, especially when more come up in court cases. After all, we got used to Hawaiian shirts after a while so emojis will get their time eventually.

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