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Spam Lowers Its Appeal

• "2005 Digital Cable Filters" (claimed to unscramble digital cable channels).

• "F R E E* 30 Second Pre-Qualification MORTGAGE Application."

_____Spam In The News_____
One Year After Law, Spam Still Out of the Can (washingtonpost.com, Jan 3, 2005)
AOL Reports Decline In Spam in the Past Year (The Washington Post, Dec 28, 2004)
Judge Rejects Guilty Plea In Spam Case (The Washington Post, Dec 22, 2004)
More Spam News
_____Post 200 Profile_____
Time Warner Inc.
_____Time Warner News_____
AOL Reports Decline In Spam in the Past Year (The Washington Post, Dec 28, 2004)
AOL Settlement Includes Tight Controls (The Washington Post, Dec 17, 2004)
Players in Dazzling Deal Moved Into New Ventures (The Washington Post, Dec 16, 2004)
More AOL Time Warner News
_____Time Warner_____
Stock Quote and News
Historical Chart
Company Description
Analyst Ratings
Timeline: Time Warner Highlights
Company Downsizing Actions

• "HURRY HURRY Hot Stock on the RISE."

• "Sale PRICES ARE BEST ONLINE!"

• "Breaking news on the Top Pick stock."

Last year, we were lured by products "seen on 'Oprah' " and offers of low insurance rates. And sex. In 2003, three of the top 10 spams involved sex -- offers for online Viagra and other erectile-dysfunction drugs, promises of "Hot XXX action" and male-enhancement pills and pneumatics.

The sole sex spam in this year's list seems plaintive and desperate by comparison, almost a little lonely among its go-go, sharpie siblings.

What this says about the state of the economy and culture, we'll leave to others.

Despite the desexualization of this year's spam, AOL pointed out that spammers have gone "hardcore" and have become "sophisticated, nefarious, shadowy, devious, deceitful, sneaky, malicious and . . . dedicated."


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