Essä: ”The Lost Ancestors of ASCII Art” av Alexis C. Madrigal

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”Though it is still around today, ASCII art reached the zenith of its popularity before the web. It was the visual language of BBSs, Telnet, and many other pre-WWW networks. In a wholly text-based world, these works proliferated. For the brief moment that modems were the preferred mode of access to other computers, they were useful. And their sketchy aesthetic seemed right for mediums that were provisional and changing rapidly.

So, I’ve always thought of them as native creatures of that time, serving a need for pictures when there wasn’t bandwidth to transmit them.

But that’s not the case.

The history of ASCII art goes deeper, and much of it is told only in Geocities blog postings, abandoned websites, Google Books, and scattered PDFs across the web.

This post traces a fascinating and mostly lost strand of that history: The way thousands and thousands of people made typewriter art, from amateurs to avant gardists.”

Citerat ur Alexis C. Madrigals långa och mycket initierade essä ”The Lost Ancestors of ASCII Art” i The Atlantic 30 januari 2014. Det kanske bör påpekas att bilddikter förekommit långt innan det fanns vare sig skrivmaskin eller dator. Under barocken var de mycket vanliga och ett senare exempel är Apollinaires bilddikter.

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