TREAT YOURSELF TO THAT MAILING LIST — YOU DESERVE IT

“People get addicted to good email like they get addicted to good chocolate.”

Andy Brack, an Internet political consultant based in Charleston, South Carolina, describing how spam from politicians is really just giving the people what they want, The New York Times, 22 July 1998

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NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL “GRACEFULLY DEGRADING”

“Maybe the band and I could just walk kind of herky-jerky in the club, and shuffle our feet a bit, to give the live audience the Internet experience.”

Victoria Williams, a performer scheduled to sing at next week’s Intel New York Music Festival, on overcoming Net broadcast problems caused by limited bandwidth, The New York Times, 16 July 1998

OR SHOULD THAT BE “IRONIC”?

“Those of us who like postmodern ironic humor really appreciate the fact that the most successful e-commerce is the product that this medium was supposed to eliminate.”

Rick Ayre, a vice president at Amazon.com, on how, like, it’s all cool and junk that his company uses a Third Wave technology to sell a Second Wave product, The Washington Post, 10 July 1998