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an artical i found. note that the whole thing cannot be taken seriously.

Spam, an important word in internet terminology, has two main definitions:

One ~ an unwanted E-mail message, often one that advertises a website, attempts to sell a product, or begs the receiver of the message to forward an attached chain letter

Two ~ any misplaced conversation on an internet forum

It is the second definition that we are concerned with. A ‘misplaced conversation’ would mean a conversation that’s not on the same topic as the rest of the discussion; for example, a conversation about the Doctrines of the Catholic Church in a discussion intended to be about the existence of God could be considered spam, since such a conversation is besides the point of the original discussion. In most internet forums (a website where people can interact with each other in discussions, and, unlike chat rooms, is generally created with some broad subject in mind) any spam in a discussion is usually deleted as soon as it is found, and often times the person typing the spam (known as a ‘spammer’) is issued a warning for it. In most of the internet world, spam is not liked and certainly not appreciated.

But some few have recognized spam for what it really is; a priceless form of self-expression and an invaluable statement about the ideas and emotions of the spammer. A few internet forums allow spam in only certain sections designated as being ‘for spam’; mostly, these sections are neglected and placed in out-of-the-way areas where few, if any, people will read it besides the spammers themselves. Almost no forums allow spammers to spam openly any where they please.

But spammers aren’t daunted. There is an amazing range of creativity and originality put into spam; you can sometimes find in spam stanzas of the spammer’s favorite poems; poems the spammer himself wrote; verses of his or her favorite songs; little tidbits of information the spammer found interesting; quotes the spammer related to and found meaning in; pieces of conversations the spammer had with people earlier in the day (and sometimes even conversations the spammer has with different aspects of him or herself, sometimes while he or she is in the very act of typing it up); lines of nothing but gibberish; nonsensical rhymes and alliterations; seemingly silly statements or arguments with imaginary characters; diary-style entries of what happened to the spammer during his or her daily life (sometimes even imaginary diary-style entries, which contain fantastic adventures and far-fetched incidents that never really happened); rants on anything the spammer considers important (and sometimes even things he or she doesn’t); random musings; jokes, anecdotes, and amusing observations; riddles, conundrums, and puzzling problems; snippets of articles, books, and other spam the spammer read; long - but by no means boring - repetitions of sentences, phrases, words, or sometimes even single characters that have some sort of meaning to the spammer (and sometimes even ones that don’t); reports of what the spammer is doing as he or she is typing the spam; even the spammers favorite Bible verses. Anything is fair game for spam. Spam comes in innumerable styles and patterns, and sometimes not in any style or pattern at all. Some spammers make their spam resplendent with some lines of bold or italicized or underlined type; some lines in color; some lines in different fonts; some huge, and others tiny - or any combinations of those. Some spam even comes with pictures, often strange and interesting, the type of picture you would like to write a story to. Chaotic? Yes, but there is reason in the madness that is spam. Spamming is far from pointless.

Just like a Surrealist painter that lets his mind guide his hand across the paper, lets his subconscious and inner mind decide what to paint; so the spammer lets his mind guide his fingers to the keys; lets his subconscious and inner mind decide what to type. And, just like the surreal painting that results from this unleashing of the inner mind, the resulting spam is a direct manifestation of the thoughts, ideas, fears, hopes, and emotions of the author; a deluge of the creativity, imagination, and originality of the spammer. Such spam is one-hundred per-cent pure expression, and in some states even comparable to an art form.

To discourage such a thing is a monstrosity - an enormity - it’s among the greatest squelchings of human ingenuity there ever has been. Rather, spam should be encouraged - encouraged as an incalculably precious way to vent emotions; a invaluable way to better hosts of writing and thinking skills; and a enormously important way of communication and expression, both over the internet and in the real-world, by relation to real-world communication and expression. And, last of all, but by no means least important ……spamming is just plain fun! If it wasn’t, spam would certainly have died out under pressure from internet forums on spammers to cease spamming. Spam is not the annoying distraction many internet forums make it out to be.



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