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The term "spam" makes me think of the folder in my AOL email account that collects emails about Viagra, a free travel insulated bag from the AARP, and tips for hooking up with hot women (with subject lines that are a little too detailed). Obviously these aren't from anyone I know because I'm not a male senior citizen who's interested in women. The filter looks for certain key words that appear frequently in spam emails, such as Viagra, and email addresses that don't look real, such of deanofadmissions@leathermotorcyclejackets.net (yes, that's a real email on my block list). Occasionally, something decent ends up there, like an email from a college that saw my PSAT scores from 3 years ago and wants to waive my transfer application fee. Even though this is legit, anyone who knows anything about me knows that I would never transfer from Clemson.

When I hear Thompson's term "human spam," I think of a person who is unwanted in most places, like people in the Westboro Baptist Church who spend the majority of their time protesting homosexuality at random funerals or people who troll the Internet and find a way to make a negative comment on a heartwarming post, like a video of . Do these people help us at all? The Westboro Baptist Church can be seen as a good thing because it brings others together to fight for what's right, but many of the Phelps children are reputable lawyers. One defended her father in the Supreme Court case, Snyder vs. Phelps, and the others in the Topeka area have sought their help in unrelated court cases. Some Internet trolls actually produce their own work, and sometimes people enjoy it. Who knows what impact they've made outside the Internet world?
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