Philadelphia Inquirer on spam poetry

Daniel Rubin wrote an excellent piece in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer about how today’s spammers are becoming increasingly poetic, as they seek to route around spam filters. Rubin noticed that I’d blogged about this before and interviewed me about the subject, which was fun:

To Brooklyn journalist and blogger Clive Thompson, the word salad echoes the literary technique that T.S. Eliot used in “The Waste Land” — “essentially an enormous pastiche of phrases, metaphors, lines from and allusions to other pieces of literature and mythology, including many directly quoted lines.”

Actually, I forgot to blog this earlier, but a few weeks ago the BBC ran a cool story on this subject and quoted directly from my posts.

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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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