Friday, June 01, 2007

No more spam war?

News from the front of the War On Spam:
Arrest Of Massive Spammer Hasn't Slowed Spam

By ANICK JESDANUN
AP Internet Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Junk e-mail continued to land in mailboxes around the world Thursday, despite the arrest a day earlier of a man described as one of the world's most prolific spammers.

Even if Robert Alan Soloway is ultimately convicted and his operations shuttered, spam experts say dozens are in line to fill the void.

"In the short term, the effect it's going to have is more symbolic more than anything else," said John Levine, co-author of "Fighting Spam for Dummies." "Soloway is a large spammer, but hardly the only large spammer."
Full article
I have a few questions:

1. Where's the headline that reads "Arrest of Massive Drug Dealer Hasn't Slowed Flow of Illicit Drugs"?

2. Is there a book entitled Fighting the War on Drugs for Dummies? How about The Complete Idiot's Guide to Wasting Billions of Tax Dollars Annually to Crowd Prisons with Oridinary Citizens and Addicts while Perpetuating Myths and Stereotypes and Invasions of Privacy to Deter Kids from Using Drugs and then just Punishing the Ones Who Do... Well, I don't want to use run-on sentences in two entries in a row, but by now you get the idea.

3. When are we going to stop approaching student drug use with policies that are more symbolic than anything else? Symbolically keeping kids off drugs and keeping drugs out of the community, thus symbolically creating safer and more productive communities at large hasn't been working.

4. Could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam?

5. Come on. How did you not see that Monty Python reference coming? My work is done here.

2 comments:

JT Barrie said...

Well, the media can and do keep complaints about drug war lies in the curriculum from ever being heard by the public. If they can keep it out of print then restrictions on spam will limit the effectiveness of drug policy reform ideas by denial of venues. And yes, you can and are routinely chucked out of discussion forums for calling out drug war lies and by extension those who lie to promote the drug war.
Harsh spam laws won't be uniformly enforced. They will be directed against "radical" ideas about wars and authoritarian policies of governments just as early drug wars were directed against racial minorities and young dissidents.

thehim said...

One big difference between drugs and spam. There's no demand for spam, it exists because it's cheap and easy...