What Spam Tells Us…About Us

"Spam is what happens when the universal id gets email," says Evan Williams* of Spammoxed, a cultural history of spam.  Williams has saved every email he’s ever gotten since 1994 — including the spam.  This brief video gives you a whirlwind tour through the history of spam — from the first email spam message, from foreign potentates looking for your help with a money transfer, to postmodern word salad looking to save your soul.  


Fifteen Years of Spam - a personal History of Irritating Email
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*Disclosure:  That’s my husband!
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Lisa Williams

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