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Selfies, Emoji and the Economics of Communication

Today marks the debut of Modest Proposals, a new column by Sam Lessin. Sam is the former VP of product development at Facebook and is married to Jessica Lessin, founder of The Information.

The human face is the oldest and most sophisticated communications technology ever developed. But even today, despite the word “selfie” being recently added to the Oxford English Dictionary, I don’t think selfies and their cousin, “Emoji,” are being taken seriously enough by the technorati.

I believe pretty strongly that in the not-too-distant future people will be sharing an order of magnitude more selfies than any other type of media; the front-facing camera is going to turn out to be far more important than the traditional back-facing one.

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