Tower of Babel

Victor Hugo, Notre Dame de Paris:

The press, that giant engine, incessantly gorging all the intellectual sap of society, incessantly vomits new material for its work. The entire human race is its scaffolding. Every mind its mason. Even the humblest may block a hole or lay a stone….It is the second Tower of Babel of the human race.

God toppled the first Tower by dividing the world in several tongues. The Second Tower of Babel, the printing press, arguably still stands, and has been augmented by the Internet. But there are many threats to the internet….perhaps one of the biggest is spam. It seems innocuous enough…but when half of the mail one gets is spam, one begins to tire of email.