They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. I agree but doesn't that depend on the picture? This forum is inundated with smileys and emoji, digital icons and ideograms, which each has its place and for the most part are happy and amusing and non-offensive. My grandchildren frequently indulge in sending their grandparents these pictographs, which has become a form of hieroglyphics and a short-cut free from the binds of punctuation, letters and grammar of the written sentence.
But isn't that rather my point? This is a language of and for children. It cannot be substituted for the beauty and literacy of world languages such as English, the language of Shakespeare . The written word still and must matter. By all means indulge in the emotions generated by these pictograms, but not at the expense of silencing and suppressing clear thought. The emoji have their place and are delightful in that place and in this forum. Hamlet is asked what it is he reads: "Words, sir, words." is his response. Do you see what I am writing and why words are still important ?