And Richard- America was the first to SPAM the universe with our Voyager missions, sending neked drawings of men and women and an audio recording with the babble of a thousand voices saying "Hi. Hello. Hey. Yoo hoo.
The neked women and men made me chuckle (first time I've ever had the opportunity to write that sentence! Couldn't let it pass). If that probe hits a super capitalistic planet, they might think it is an ad, well it is an ad, but maybe they will think we are selling something and come to barter, like with a super cool virus that makes you immune to all other viruses or maybe just some cool tech stuff that lets you float stuff around.
Also, if you want to talk about eroding the language how about u try 2 red a coup of teens txt mess, and come 2 a understand of them lmao omg lol.
I don't mind spam that promotes writing and writers. Really twitter is all spam, and much of myspace and facebook, but if it drives a good cause I don't care. I am interested in spam that tells me something about something I love. Art, writing, poetry, publishing can't really be spam to me, unless it's a scam! I would like for more people to stay and talk, but if they just come to promote a just and valid art ad, I don't mind. That is after all what EWR is all about, promoting writing, writers, editors and publishers.