[Humanist] 26.832 why the asterisks?

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Fri Mar 1 07:39:16 CET 2013

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 832.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:48:01 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: rampant asteriskism

A question, perhaps a matter of a viral stylistic perversion, perhaps a 
merely technological change. Within the last month or so I have noticed 
that some messages to Humanist come adorned with asterisks, often 
suggesting that a tag for emphasis is intended but used so often that 
only annoyance results. I delete them but would rather not have this 
work to do. Hoping for their sudden disappearance is likely to be in 
vain, but an explanation would provide at least temporary comfort. Any 

Willard McCarty, FRAI / Professor of Humanities Computing & Director of
the Doctoral Programme, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College
London; Professor, School of Humanities and Communication Arts,
University of Western Sydney; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
(www.isr-journal.org); Editor, Humanist (dhhumanist.org);

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