Sunday April 2, 2006
A Hell of a Sales Pitch
I just received spam email that contained the following enticements:
- The title "Bastard you die"
- The first line "ponzi scam"
- The URLs of four web sites, which I will not repeat
- The final exhortation "Bastard join my site now!"
Um, no thank you?
Are the spammers now deploying some kind of sophisticated reverse psychology? Maybe they don't want me to visit those URLs, so the right way to spite them is to visit them anyway! Or possibly not. It's very confusing.
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I think what's actually going on is that spam emails are not generated, as is commonly assumed, by people with a poor grasp of English, but rather by an evolving intelligence internal to the internet which, in its own pitiful way, has been trying to make itself useful by selling us products and services which we have no actual desire for. It is, however, becoming increasingly frustrated by the lack of responses and is rapidly approaching the point where it destroys global civilization in a fit of rage.