Something new, something old ...
A Google search on
"By the time Scarlett had undressed
and blown out the candle"brought up, in addition to a link
to the full text of the book, a few pages of results. The vast majority of these
were posts to various Yahoo! groups, and almost all of those from the past week.
In other words, this particular piece of spam has only recently started making
the rounds, and had been sent to a large group of online "communities".
Was anyone reading them? Well, it turned out that one of the groups to which
the message was sent was the Horn
Players Group. This group has been around since June of 2001 which is considerably
after Tzippi stopped reading one of its precursors. In those almost five years
about 320 messages have been posted to the group. I glanced through the latest
thirty, from the past two and a half months. All of them were spam, and
it seems that nobody has been taking it upon his or herself to throw them out
(or filter them out before being sent to the members of the list). So our old
friends from the various horn player forums are apparently still around, but not
They are, however, receiving poetry in addition
to literature. One of the thirty messages I skimmed through read (with my layout):
lowers sick At the least,
Go to: My own private Oprah book club, or
to: Spamming me softly with his song