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Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet (Infrastructures) Hardcover – 3 May 2013

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press (3 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 026201887X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262018876
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,640,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Finn Brunton's excellent cultural history of spam offers a readable, witty account of the battle between the spammers and the spammed -- a battle of often surprising complexity and astonishing technological escalation, in an arms race that is still being fought." -- John Gilbey, "Times Higher Education"

" "Spam" will fascinate readers who aren't experts in the subject matter by shedding new light on the culture and function of their Internet experience. But it has plenty to offer computer scientists and online-community researchers as well... This masterful telling of the history illustrates just how much has changed and how we fit into the larger story." -- Jennifer Golbeck, "Science Magazine"

"This book is a gem. The goings-on of the twisted personages who populate cyberpunk lit have nothing on the ingenious scheming of the spammers and the scientists dedicated to shutting them down. Read here and in days to come about this fascinatingly bizarre subterranean cyberworld." -- "Scientific American"

Finn Brunton's excellent cultural history of spam offers a readable, witty account of the battle between the spammers and the spammed -- a battle of often surprising complexity and astonishing technological escalation, in an arms race that is still being fought.--John Gilbey "Times Higher Education "

"Spam" will fascinate readers who aren't experts in the subject matter by shedding new light on the culture and function of their Internet experience. But it has plenty to offer computer scientists and online-community researchers as well... This masterful telling of the history illustrates just how much has changed and how we fit into the larger story.--Jennifer Golbeck "Science Magazine "

A colorful assortment of international tradespeople, drug-pushers, swindlers, and fraudsters, spammers have become a familiar feature of our digital landscape. Finn Brunton's investigation of the question of spam, "Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet" -- the problems of defining it, understanding it, and tackling it -- takes us to the front of an ongoing and highly sophisticated technological war, a keenly contested territorial struggle for control of the information superhighway.--Houman Barekat "The Millions "

Finn Brunton's excellent cultural history of spam offers a readable, witty account of the battle between the spammers and the spammed -- a battle of often surprising complexity and astonishing technological escalation, in an arms race that is still being fought.

--John Gilbey "Times Higher Education "

Spam will fascinate readers who aren't experts in the subject matter by shedding new light on the culture and function of their Internet experience. But it has plenty to offer computer scientists and online-community researchers as well... This masterful telling of the history illustrates just how much has changed and how we fit into the larger story.

--Jennifer Golbeck "Science Magazine "

A colorful assortment of international tradespeople, drug-pushers, swindlers, and fraudsters, spammers have become a familiar feature of our digital landscape. Finn Brunton's investigation of the question of spam, Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet -- the problems of defining it, understanding it, and tackling it -- takes us to the front of an ongoing and highly sophisticated technological war, a keenly contested territorial struggle for control of the information superhighway.

--Houman Barekat "The Millions "

About the Author

Finn Brunton is Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University.


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