Wednesday, December 03, 2003

spam poetry

lots of people are starting to find literary value hidden among the porn, penis patches, generic Viagra deals and mortgage offers. BBC (via moby lives)

To beat the filters spammers are adding nonsense and a blitz of bits of found text from out of copyright novels, some up to 700 words. This story by Mark Ward links to some great examples of recooked spam, as well as some general sites. It also led boynton to Collision Detection - a blog by writer Clive Thompson who has blogged extensively on auto-generated poetry.

Comments: spam poetry

i just got a funny spam today with the subject line "If Onan did it, why shouldn't you?". but hey, trying to sell people masturbation - isn't that like trying to sell an eskimo snow?
Posted by Gianna at December 4, 2003 10:31 PM

yes indeed - not worth a toss.

on the other hand (so to speak) it sounds like it could be a good enough specimen of spam to cut up, for the purposes of poetic manipulation.
Posted by boynton at December 4, 2003 11:06 PM

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