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I heard this phrase on the radio the other day (NPR), and I think it applies in great degree to email communications. What was once a useful and sometimes efficient way of communicating with friends and business associates is turning into something that is just the opposite. Just as pollution is the air we breathe, spam is ever-present in our email. However, it's gotten beyond the level of just an irritant...it is threatening the usefulness of what was once an easy method of being in touch.