Most of us are guilty (or unashamedly proud) of collecting something or other. I was recently told of a theory that the more technology advances, the more we have to make up for it by surrounding ourselves with tactile, non technological objects. Maybe there's a shred of truth in that. However, what is deemed worthy of collection by one man, is considered a big load of old rubbish by another. And if this wasn't the case, what a boring place the world would be!
Alessandro Esteri of Italy-based company Hand Made Group has made a collection of what most of us would undoubtedly deem to be rubbish into a small book. Just for fun, you understand. At first glance it appears to contain poems, one per page...
but closer inspeciton reveals that each ‘poem’ is, in fact, the text from a spam email – you know, one of those ones designed to encourage feelings of inadequacy in men. Well, I guess there was a visual clue in the front cover design...
One of our favourite 'poems' from the book:
Nights of Love
Your nights of love could be much
happier and longer…
No doubt girls adore massive cocks.
While we would imagine that this volume isn't a contender for a title such as 'poetry anthology of the year', it does make you think about the amount of absolute tosh floating round cyberspace. Does anyone really respond to those 'bigger-dick' emails? They're so predictable and monotonous. And er, text-based. Do they have any real impact on a real market? And where, oh where do these companies get their copywriters from?
Design studio Airside 'remixed' a typical viagra type spam (for inclusion in a Creative Review 'remix' mailout produced last year) to give the 'bigger dick' message more impact. Some of you may recall the image...
In terms of grabbing your attention, a little illustration certainly does go a long (no pun intended) way.
haha love it.
This book can become an important text for the generations of the future to refer back to.
"ah the age of eloquently written spam mail"
they said dick on an article! haha.
hahahaha love it its a great idea I get loads of these damn emails through all the time and I dont even have a dick to enlarge!!!!!
i did a similar project for a one day assignment last year for a class blog but since that's down, i put the same post up on my current site.
those things are hilarious.
the link to "Airside's take on viagra spam emails" is down.
Thanks Tiff, I think it should be OK now
Here is another lovely example of turning into a mockery the whole spam-a-lot harassements we all go through.
this is loy glenden from the artist duo GLENDEN & DEX.
WE THINK SPAM IS STRICTLY ONE OF THE MAJOR ART FORMS OF THE 21ST CENTURY.
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