Finn 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:
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.
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.