Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Emoji Dick. I know what you’re thinking: “What you just said cannot possibly mean what I think it means.” A Ha! But it is exactly what you’re thinking. Mr. Fred Benenson has decided to translate Herman Melville’s Moby Dick into emoji language and opened a Kickstarter account to get the project started.
“But why?!’ You may ask. “Why in the name of all that is good and right in this world would someone choose to do this?!”
Emoji are either a low point or a high point in that story, so I felt I could confront a lot of our shared anxieties about the future of human expression (see: Twitter or text messages) by forcing a great work of literature through such a strange new filter.
You can see more at Emoji Dick by Fred Benenson — Kickstarter.
This post, by the way, is via Gretchen McCulloch‘s series on Mental Floss that discusses internet linguistics. In fact, McCulloch provides some excellent discussion of “internet language” on her web site that might serve as source material if you are researching the use of language on social media.