Can Language Be Replaced by Symbols?

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Adolph Luque

EN 101 M01


Language, Replaced by Icons

Can symbols really change the society that we live in? We live in a world, where everything is changing each day. Technology changes in a blink of an eye. The way we transport ourselves from point A to point B, is also changing. The way we communicate with each other too. Now in days, symbols such as icons, logos and slogans, are changing the way we speak, the way we think and the way we see things. The symbols have become part of our pop culture.

Since there are new ways to communicate, people will always find new and shorter ways to say something. For example in texting, everyone says: LOL, LMAO, BRB and etc. It has become normal in today’s world. Those are symbols that are replacing words such: Laughing Out Loud, Laughing My Ass off, Be Right Back and etc. I, myself use those words while texting and it has become part of my vocabulary in a way, but only in texting. People use these words, simply because we are too lazy to write out the whole thing. We use emotions icon to symbolize the mood that we are in. For example, in chatting or in texting people use: (,(, :/,>O, xD, =P and it keeps on going and going. If this keeps up, it will replace formal speaking in a way.

By having symbols in our society, it has changed the way we think too. Just like texting has changed most of the youth’s mind, by thinking it is good to use those words. Other things will also seem like it is normal to them. For example, when we see a yellow curved “M” with the red background, we automatically know it is MacDonald’s, without having the name right there. Little children know what is the MacDonald’s sign and most of them does not how to read. Slogans are also symbols, but in word form. If we know that Burger King’s slogan is, “Have it your way”, when we hear the words, “Have it your way”, we automatically think of Burger King. When we see the Swoosh symbol on any type of clothing...
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