What’s the Point of Anything Anymore, in Three Emojis or Less

August political Twitter, as August as you’d think.

Hillary Clinton speaks during a Service Employees International Union event with home care providers at Los Angeles Trade Technical College August 6, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. 
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Matt Berman
Aug. 12, 2015, 11:39 a.m.

It can be tricky to fig­ure out just what to tweet in mid-Au­gust. That’s es­pe­cially true right now, as the post-de­bate polit­ic­al world has hushed to a “will Lawrence Lessig really make the plunge?” whim­per.

So Hil­lary Clin­ton’s cam­paign, try­ing to ramp up that #so­cial #en­gage­ment early in the nom­in­at­ing con­test, can be kind of for­giv­en for this:

And the re­sponses have even been pretty OK!

From the ser­i­ous:

To the egg­plant:

To the Hey I’m a Re­port­er Mak­ing Poin­ted Jokes:

But put all that aside. Let’s pre­tend that we, as a people, can ac­cept that this is the polit­ic­al dis­course we’ve built for ourselves. That we’re an elect­or­ate that emotes best in emoji. That this is an un­der­stand­able and sens­ible way to reach out and win that mil­len­ni­al vote. That politi­cians’ so­cial-me­dia teams just have a truer sense of what is right than the cyn­ics do.

Still, then, there is this: It’s three emo­jis or few­er. Few­er. Not less. Few­er. We can settle for an Amer­ica un­der our new emoji over­lords. But we should nev­er settle for con­fused gram­mar.

At least there’s been a se­mi­of­fi­cial apo­logy.

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