*CC: Al Gore
Not quite yet.
CC was used at the base and closing of a letter or memo to show the other party/parties were to receive the knowledge. In the context of correspondence, blind carbon copy (abbreviated Bcc:) refers to the practice of sending a message to multiple recipients in a way that conceals the fact that there may be additional receivers from the complete list of recipients.
This concept originally applied to paper correspondence and now also applies to email In some circumstances, the typist creating a paper correspondence might ensure that multiple recipients of such a document did not see the names of other recipients. To achieve this the typist added the names in a second step to each copy, without carbon paper; Set the ribbon not to strike the paper, which leaves names off the top copy (but may leave letter impressions on the paper).
With email, recipients of a message are specified using addresses in any of these three fields: To: Primary recipients Cc: Carbon copy to secondary recipients—other interested parties Bcc: Blind carbon copy to tertiary recipients who receive the message. The primary and secondary recipients cannot see the tertiary recipients. Depending on email software, the tertiary recipients may only see their own email address in Bcc, or they may see the email addresses of all recipients. Talk about wasting work moments.
Think of sitting at your work desk, machines loudly clacking while the room is full of blue smoke from your co-workers. If there is a computer, it takes up an entire wall. If there is a photocopy machine it is locked and only used for special purposes and usually sits on a large platform like an industrial god. And there you are, with your boxes of colored carbon paper in pastels like pink, green, blue and yellow. At some point, you or your company have decided who gets what color.
Inky fingers from un-jamming a typewriter ribbon. Inky fingers from pulling those carbon copies apart. Inky fingers from ball point pens. Inky fingers from rubber stamp pads, from when you reloaded the toner into the copying machine. You had to think long and hard about wearing white on this hot, summer day.
...and now we have the carbon footprint. By the way, the street surface has to be between 144-158 degrees F to cook that egg. We aren't there...yet.