Origins of “pr0n”

Me, blathering on about spam

I got a call from the folks at the Discovery Channel up in Toronto yesterday, looking to do an interview with me about the new anti-spam law passed in Virginia this week. The video of the interview is now online, so you can watch it if you want. I do TV and radio commentary usually every month somewhere — NPR, CNN, the CBC, whatever — but a surprising amount of the stuff never gets posted online anywhere.

Mind you, I look so unusually stiff and robotic in this clip, maybe it’s not such a great thing it is online. Ah well.

By the way, to do the taping I went into the Fox News station here in Boston, which Discovery uses for Boston-located interviews. While I was there, Fox News was playing in the corner, and every four minutes it would run a teaser for that night’s big piece of investigative journalism:

“Tonight — how corporations are being FORCED by LAW to hire TRANSSEXUALS!”


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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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