ASCII Porn

ASCII porn also referred to as ASCII pr0n are digital visualizations created solely out of letters and symbols. It is the world’s first internet pornography and was popular before the world wide web was invented and was often found on BBSses (bulletin boards systems).

The bulletin board is the predecessor of the modern day internet forum. People had to use a dial-up modem to connect to a computer hosting a BBSs and then were able to login and amongst other thing upload and post messages on a message board. ASCII porn was also shared through email, telnet and usenet.

The main reason ASCII porn was so popular during its time is because of its high compatibility. The stardard ASCII character set was able to be displayed on most monitors and computers, also on desktops and terminals that were incapable of displaying digital images such as for example the commodore 64, and most printers were able to print it.

ASCII porn can be created by hand with a text editor, meaning everyone was able to create porn without the need of a model and a camera. After the world wide web emerged, ASCII porn largely slipped into obscurity.

Later in the 90’s net artists revived ASCII porn with works such as Deep ASCII (referring to the movie deep throat), which was created by Vuk Ćosić of the ASCII Art Ensemble. Concrete poet Florian Cramer also produced ASCII work based on sexually explicit images.

Sources for ASCII porn
www.roysac.com
www.asciipr0n.com
/r/ASCII_porn/

ASCII porn games
seeminglypointless.itch.io

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