Tracing the ‘Surprisingly Rich History of ASCII Art’

Because ¯_(ツ)_/¯.

Which is only to assert that ‘shrug’ or ‘shrug guy‘ is a popular kaomoji made using standard keyboard characters as well.

And so if you’re curious in text art, ASCII, and all stuff keyboard you should take a look at this article over on The New Stack on The Surprisingly Rich History of ASCII Art:

ASCII art is basically images created only over text characters, specifically the 128 characters specified in the American Standard Code for Information Interchange, a character encoding standard for electronic communication.

Text art predates computers by a long while. Researching the topic, I learned that people have been playing around with the spacing of their text since ancient Greece, a phenomenon that is sometimes called “concrete poetry” (or “shape poetry”).

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