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Human Spam

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According to Urban Dictionary, human spam is "Individuals who approach one on the street with unsolicited literature or requests, such as free newspapers, The Big Issue, flyers, requests for money, 'Charity Muggers', religious apologists, petition carriers, etc. These individuals in Britain have replaced the now banned practices of cold calling, email spamming and junk mailing, as the only thing charities/companies don't need permission for any more is invasion of personal space and public harassment." This focuses on the in-person aspects of human spam but it can also be related to online.

Shut Up and Listen

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I'm not sure about you, but I think being called "human spam" would probably be one of the most interesting yet insulting insults I could receive. When you think of spam, you think of the pesky, annoying, and unwanted junk that fills your inbox (or that nasty ham stuff that comes in a can). No one wants to be human spam.

Pitbull

Human Spam—Best Blocked

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What do we do when spam enters our e-mails? We delete it, and we tend to do the same—or should—for the human version Austin Kleon writes about, as association with this type of people is constricting.

This was my takeaway from the discussion of “human spam” in chapter 7 of his book Show Your Work! E-mail spam isn’t beneficial, and neither is human spam.

Toeing the Line

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"I call these people human spam...you should feel pity for these people and their delusions. At some point, they didn't get the memo that the world owes none of us anything." - pg. 24, "Don't Be Human Spam," Show Your Work

Reading others minds

First of all, I love how Austin Kleon just doesn't mince words in this section and really tells us how he feels about human spam. We all have that one Facebook friend or person we follow on Twitter who overshares—and in today’s social media-obsessed world, it’s easy to become human spam.

Don't be Human Spam

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human spamNo one likes the "over-sharer." Austin Kleon's chapter titled "Don't Turn into Human Spam" addresses this problem entirely too well. The human spammer is known for posting their work a lot... too much, in fact. These people don't just "share their work," they are their work. One example I've come across recently is not entirely applicable to the topic of writing, but it sure is a great example of over-sharing. I've come across entirely too many pictures of people I know on social media posting about their weight loss achievements... With pictures.

Cannibals!?!?

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The term span automatically makes me think of the folder inside my email address, or the kind you put on a sandwich. According to Clive Thompson, human spam is a real thing. Don’t panic! That doesn’t mean the spam you’ve smothered on your sandwich is made of human entrails. Cuz that would be just gross.