The Critical 'I'

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Wednesday, May 12, 2004

But isn't all spam hip and fun? Maybe not as much as Rigney Graphics-Brand Spam, a monthy enewsletter that's developing a fanbase in addition to attracting business for the small design firm.

I suspect the BusinessWeek coverage will bring several more signups. I'll take a look at it, but I doubt I'll sign up for it; I already get enough of the real kind of spam to ask for any more, however funny it may be. Besides, we all know that real spam is full of unintentional humor.

This brings to mind an idea for an office game I dreamt up: Spam or Not Spam? You play it first thing in the morning, when your inbox is chock-full of the overnight spamming activity (Monday mornings are especially fertile for this). You just read off all the subject lines out loud, one by one, and your officemates guess whether the subjects are attached to a legitimate email or not. Sure, the incessant porn and Viagra pitches are easy to pick out, but you'd be surprised at how many subject lines are harder to distinguish. A good way to kill off the early morning minutes...