the at sign

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Submitted: May 28, 2011

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Submitted: May 28, 2011

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ah, the @ sign---
once used specifically for
the realm of accounting,
meaning only “at the rate
of”---it rose to fame in 1971
when raymond tomlinson’s premier
email from the ARPANET
soon translated into the iconic
latter day symbol for all emails
within the internet---then branching
out to the likes of social
networks, usage in the second by
second communication of 140
characters or less---
certainly those brainstormers amongst
us can conjure up tales of past
historical figures twittering & using
strategic placements of the @
symbol when in grave need---
go further to understand what those
ever-so-important split second
messages may be, when the
nuclear attacks come---
or possibly when the climate change
“specter” finally comes to
fruition---all wrapped up in the
first letter of the latin alphabet---
stolen from the Phoenician,
and ready for your disposal on
a
silver platter.


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