Perhaps nothing more than noise

A few nice points about the ongoing (monotonically increasing?) epidemic of spam (thanks Tom). Two notable quotes:

  • Seth Godin, marketing guru, at an event organized by DoubleClick: “spam is spam, and spam has no future.” But banner ads are the path to enlightenment? Wha?
  • David Ritz, an antispam advocate: “If you say something once, it’s speech. If you say the same thing a few hundred times every day, it becomes nothing more than noise.”

I think a more appropriate statement is: if one person says something a few hundred times a day, it’s nothing more than noise. If a hundred people say the same thing one time, it’s a contagious meme. Google taught us that.

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