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The Randomisation of Culture
As communications technology continues to encroach on the human experience... spammers will aim to pump a continual stream of randomised data directly into the brains of every human being on Earth - 24 hours a day.
The aggressiveness of the sales techniques employed by spammers these days is such that I wonder if they get any response at all? Over time, the messages sent by them have become ever more incomprehensible.
After a while, I start to think that spammers might as well give up on applying any sort of structure to their communications whatsoever. If there were to be a "Best of Spam 2005" exhibition, it might start with a message like this:
From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: shhc098wu709cjwejpou09f7!!!!!! $$$!!!! Body: S*Q(Iniofhe89hcoidsn9879y&R$$$$x09uew09uf09u09e09!!!!!!
After some years the spammers will have forgotten why commercial spam existed in the first place, thereafter going off the lead entirely and sending out terabytes of gibberish every minute. They don't know why they're doing it or what purpose it's supposed to serve, they just have one instruction running in their head - "spam spam spam spam...!". "hot teen$$$ xxxwetSexy!!" would seem like an archaic communication; an elegant though faintly raunchy proposition from a more civilised age.
The neural implants we'll all be wearing in six months or whatever will open up new worlds of pleasure for spammers. Spammers would aim to pump a continual stream of randomised data directly into the brains of every human being on Earth - 24 hours a day.
Combine that with the "ghost speakers" idea and you have a scary future. Ghost speakers who had been successfully dominated by spammers would start streaming this gibberish directly into the brains of everyone they know. The memetic spread of this nonsensical spam, by now unrecognisable compared to its ancestor (commercial e-mail), could absolutely cripple human culture, with every single pipe and node in the techno-biological infonet 100% devoted to streaming this random data. Human civilisation would effectively come to an end as total and ubiquitous randomness takes over our minds as well as our consensual cultural experience.