According to the ‘trusty ‘ (well, debatable) Urban Dictionary the word SPAM is considered to mean the following:
And this is only a select few of the meanings given. As you can see from the number of likes each of these additions have received, it is clear that a large majority of people have very similar opinions when it comes to the infamous Spam.
It is however, well known that Urban Dictionary, despite its entertaining and often humorous take on definitions, is not the most ‘academic’ of sources.
So in order to back up the Spam explanations above… the following is an attempt at a slightly more supported Span understanding.
And no.. unfortunately I’m not talking about the hilarious Monty Python skit this time (think Spam canned meat and vikings) … Although it’s well worth the watch so if you’re felling like a laugh. Click Here.
According to Justin Rao and David Reiley in the journal article The Economics of Spam, SPAM refers to those unsolicited commercial emails, or any other form of communication containing undesirable content.
Electronic Junk-mail – we just don’t want it.
An endless repetition of worthless text trying to sell you a product that
may be will be, of absolutely no use to you, or just a plan old virus or hoax trying to reel you in – Don’t give in! This is because these messages are not customised to you, or sent to a group of people within a particular market, they are sent to EVERYONE. Well, maybe not everyone, but most. Using mailing lists from online websites and databases; spam steals these addresses and uses the power of the internet to send you endless annoying emails, eating up your network bandwidth. There are companies out there that attempt to stop the devil (a.k.a Spam), fighting it with a variety of techniques, however, according to an article by Angie Beal, as the internet is a public domain, so there is really little that can be done to prevent it.
I’ve been trying to think of any spam I have received lately… but all that comes to mind is those emails back in the day, the days of MSN and MySpace, where you would receive an email along the lines of: “Read this and forward it to 10 friends or you will have bad karma forever” or “if you don’t forward this message you are never going to have a love in your life.” (Rediculous hey!) I must admit… in my naive pre-teen days probably did fall for these a few times. But is it Spam? It was most definitely unwanted…but can these annoying messages be classified as spam?
Let me know what you think!? Or even any recent spam that’s been sent you way?
Cheers Internet friends