Friday, September 19, 2008

In 1982 a Joke Appears


1982: At precisely 11:44 a.m., Scott Fahlman posts the following electronic message to a computer-science department bulletin board at Carnegie Mellon University:
19-Sep-82 11:44 Scott E Fahlman :-)From: Scott E Fahlman
I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers:
:-)


Read it sideways. Actually, it is probably more economical to mark things that are NOT jokes, given current trends. For this, use:
:-(


With that post, Fahlman became the acknowledged originator of the ASCII-based emoticon. From those two simple emoticons (a portmanteau combining the words emotion and icon) have sprung dozens of others that are the joy, or bane, of e-mail, text-message and instant-message correspondence the world over.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous alwyn said...

ah, always good to know where our cherish cultural symbols originated from, eh?

:)

4:12 PM  
Blogger Alex Tang said...

hi alwyn, :-)

1:01 AM  

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