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The MySpace Spell Checker

Date: 28-Nov-2005/5:25+3:00

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Steering myself consciously into the dream-state, I rather casually managed to look up my profile on MySpace. My alias was claimed to be a Carnegie Mellon Student. In the comments there was a thread of people trying to figure out whether this person was a graduate student or an undergraduate, or if they were still attending the school at all.
Feeling angry that I was being 'impersonated', I sent a sort of hostile warning message. It was a challenge to type on the console, but I figured the errors wouldn't be such a big deal. I pushed SEND right before I was about to wake up.
Suddenly something caught my attention in the dream and I became re-focused. A page had popped up:
In order to help improve the quality of communications, the spelling and grammar of your message have been corrected.
I was very surprised by this feature. When it showed my message back to me with the suggested changes I couldn't absorb whether it had made good corrections or censored words that I'd meant. But it hadn't sent the mail yet.
There were two buttons, one for "No, I meant what I said" and another for "All right, thanks for the fixes". I'm not sure which one I pressed, but it said it sent what I typed.
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The accounts written here are as true as I can manage. While the words are my own, they are not independent creative works of fiction —in any intentional way. Thus I do not consider the material to be protected by anything, other than that you'd have to be crazy to want to try and use it for genuine purposes (much less disingenuous ones!) But who's to say?