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  • Douglas Herrlich

Thoughts about Spam

Updated: Jun 26



Spam, in its most ubiquitous form, refers to unsolicited messages sent over the internet, typically to a large number of users, for the purposes of advertising, phishing, spreading malware, etc.


However, if we delve deeper into the concept, spam can be seen as a reflection of our modern society's challenges with information overload and the quest for attention in the digital age.


 The phenomenon of spam underscores the delicate balance between communication and intrusion, highlighting the need for effective filters and boundaries.

It also raises questions about the value of our attention and the mechanisms by which it is sought and traded. In a world where everyone is vying for visibility, spam is the shadow side of this competition, often crossing the line from persistence to annoyance.


Yet, it also serves as a reminder of the incredible reach of digital technology, for better or worse, shaping our interactions and the way we consume information. As we continue to evolve alongside our digital tools, our approach to spam will likely adapt, seeking harmony between connectivity and privacy.

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