Chronicle of Higher Education
October 20th, 2014
A few weeks ago, The Chronicle Review published an essay by Steven Pinker that took academics to task for their incomprehensible writing.
“In writing badly,” wrote Mr. Pinker, “we are wasting each other’s
time, sowing confusion and error, and turning our profession into a
laughingstock.” The implication is that academese could use a grand
stroke of simplification.
What follows, however, might be taking things a little far.
Researchers took to Twitter over the weekend to rally around the
hashtag #emojiresearch, attempting to describe their research in
emojis—the little smiley faces and other caricatures ubiquitous in text
messaging, among other platforms.