[-empyre-] a found poem since we are on the subject of spam

sdv at krokodile.co.uk sdv at krokodile.co.uk
Sat Jun 28 02:33:34 EST 2008


It's not the 'spam' (Jeremy's " algorithmically identified unwanted 
messages")  that makes one insecure,  its the fact that within the 
examples of art from 'found art' to the 'distributed fiction' simply 
vanish into the category of unwanted junk generated by the market 
economy.  The question of whether the ethics and tactics of digital 
artists working around the creation of unwanted messages really provide 
'rich material for examining the creative possibilities that already 
exist for resisting, redesigning and critiquing digital culture' (david 
rodowick) remains unanswered, perhaps it is unanswerable.

I suspect that a law of equivalence applies,  if my two-task spam engine 
reads it as spam then it is spam,  which is to say that if the two-task 
spam engine reads the unwanted message as junk then it is junk. 
Similarly if it reads the messages as not-junk then the human reader has 
to decide how such messages should be treated in the future. For the 
engine is designed to filter messages similarly to way I would filter 
the scanning texts in the philosophy section of my local bookshop or 
library. The equivalence of  messages junk and non-junk should go 
without saying - where Jeremy suggests that "wouldn't connect that 
potential controversy directly to market economies..." marks the 
difference for how can anything here avoid the social ? and how can the 
following work " I personally might head towards the ethical discourses 
over hoaxes...."

As time passes and our software agents filter things more and more 


Christina McPhee wrote:

> seems like starting with an action verb is the beginning of the map--  
> could track  be! become! Put! Get! Last! into flickr, mapping to  
> tourist 'locations" !
> "-)
> On Jun 25, 2008, at 8:52 PM, Nanette Wylde wrote:
>> empyrites,
>> here is a little found poem, that is, each line is from the  
>> 'subject' of spam in my inbox. it is a 'remix' of sorts.
>> it's not too smart. i'm not sure if it qualifies as literary. but i  
>> hope it might amuse you.
>> i've also been wondering if this 'spam' isn't making you guys feel  
>> just a little insecure (the counterpart to the 14 year old waifs in  
>> the fashion magazines). hmmmm. perhaps that is a topic of another  
>> month on empyre.
>> cheers,
>> n.
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