Two other things I've mused on lately.
Ever since the blaster worm last fall, I have noticed a sharp decrese in the amount of spam I receive on Hotmail. I don't know if this is due to heightened security from the folks at Microsoft or a general thing that is universal. Anyone else experience a similar phenomena?
Also, a note about the FCC loosening owernship laws. In general this is a bad thing for the American public in terms of the information and entertainment to which they have access. The more these outlets are concentrated in the hands of the few, the less access you really have. This all actually began back in the 90's under the Clinton Administration when the FCC allowed the ownership from 4 radio stations to 8 radio stations in the same market to be held by one corporation (which is why you got all those Clear Channel stations on your market all of a sudden back in the 90's). That being said, there is an upside to this that I've noticed. The "independent" commercial stations (those not owned by Clear Channel and their ilk) are working harder to carve a niche in the radio landscape that is different from that is noticeably different from their conglomerated counterparts. One of my favorites is here in Indianapolis (WTTS 92.3 FM). They are an AOR station where you can hear every stripe of rock and roll instead of the same 5 or 6 Led Zeppelin and Lynyrd Skynyrd songs every hour. I've been listening to it for the past 2 hours or so and so far have heard The Pretenders, Tears for Fears (and something besides "Everbody Wants To Rule The World" or "Shout"), Van Morrison, The Smiths, Johnny Lang, Joe Jackson. On other occasions I've listened to them I've heard artists as diverse as Echo and the Bunnymen and Peter Tosh played in the same block. Kind of impressive for commerical radio.