Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet – Finn Brunton – MIT Press – 2013


Spam-shadow-history-of-internet-9780262018876Finn Brunton has a new book out, called "Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet", published by the MIT Press. I'm looking forward to reading it this summer.

Some radio interviews about the book:

An interview with NPR's Scott Simon on Weekend Edition.

CBC's Spark, in 2010.

and some print:

Roar so wildly: spam, technology and language. From Radical Philosophy 2010.

This is the raw text output of a chat session with a bot I modified to act as an interlocutor. I use our conversation, which revolves around the history of spam, particularly algorithmic filtering, litspam, and the theories of Wiener and Turing, as a way of putting forward the outlines of new, machine-driven forms of language for which spam was the testing ground.

A book review in Slate's Future Tense.

Literary lovechild of: Katie Hafner’s Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet and Andrew Blum’s Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet. 

 

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