I’ve Been Spammed (and Spammed Again)
Hey did you ever do a blog?
Did you ever, possessed of idealism and humanitarian zeal, craft an exquisitely thought out essay for the free consumption of the general public, pro bono as it were, and post it on the world wide web at your own expense? Did you ever then spend an hour a day dealing with comments on the blog, most of which turn out to be SPAM generated by persons whose first language is not English, praising you and probably a thousand other victims with fragments of mass produced illiteracy?
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What are the chances?
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This message came from some person or thing calling itself “Poonsipiecy.”
What a strange world we live in. Ten years ago the people writing away in foreign language by the hour would have probably been making carpets or pots, durable goods, but now they are wasting my time marking their products as spam. But is there another dimension, like a hundred million monkeys typing and perhaps randomly producing Shakespeare. (Titus Andronicus maybe?)
I remember often getting e-mail spam that used words in a bizarre, random fashion. It was almost like getting e-mails from John Ashberry.
In fact I borrowed some lines from spam e-mails to construct a poem I called:
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Once I asked one of the guys in Kraftwerk if their music was experimental and he said “All music is experimental.”
I have often looked at mad people on the sidewalk engaged in strange writing or automatic behavior and wondered if actually they might be adjusting the orbits of asteroids or psychically inducing weather changes in the bayous of Louisiana.
This spam is annoying to me, but who knows if there is an actual purpose, aside from the off chance that I might actually post the address of an insincere replier to this gratis non-commercial web log? Maybe it is, like the disembodied spirits that worked with William Butler Yeats through the automatic handwriting of his wife, providing metaphors for poetry.
What happens when you combine minimum wage, e-mail, English as a second language and Abstract Expressionism?
We’ll know some day, I suppose.