pat walters

freelance journalist in memphis

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As I stood in the airport security line in the Philadelphia International Airport a couple weeks ago, I read this piece by Michael Specter:

Spam’s growth has been metastatic, both in raw numbers and as a percentage of all mail. In 2001, spam accounted for about five per cent of the traffic on the Internet; by 2004, that figure had risen to more than seventy per cent. This year, in some regions, it has edged above ninety per cent—more than a hundred billion unsolicited messages clogging the arterial passages of the world’s computer networks every day.

Just came across it online. I like reading The New Yorker in print. Not only can I read it in airport security lines, I can take it with me to the bathroom, to the doctor’s office and, if the temperature ever drops to a bearable degree, I can bring it to the park.

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Written by patwalters

August 25, 2007 at 6:58 pm

Posted in narrative journo

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