Azure Antoinette on Sending an Emoji Instead of Flowers for Mother’s Day

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Check out the video and read the poetry here.

Azure Antoinette, a spoken-word poet, sent a Mother’s Day text, and then didn’t hear from her mom for a week.

“‘A text and a flower-bouquet emoji?! I didn’t raise you this way,’” Antoinette recalled her mother finally saying. “And she didn’t. It made me realize, this mess is not getting better.”

At the Code Conference at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., Antoinette spoke today about how she missed the days when “a hashtag was just a pound sign” and about the way technology hollows our communication, issues she has been concerned about for years.

Algorithm by Azure Antoinette


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