Posted some questions to a Marisa Olson review of the above-described Cory Arcangel piece on Rhizome.org [link goes to the wrong page - see below].*
Responses to the questions are welcome (except please don't call me "hostile" as was the case on my old blog--that's not productive). You need to sign up for Rhizome to post.
Update: Martin John Callanan has a rather devastating point about the piece, from the thread linked to above:
Comment by Martin John Callanan
May 11, 2008 7:29 pm
'Back and forth' isn't in the nature of 'out-of-office' replies. The standard is to send only once to each recipient. Ie, the computers should only send one reply each. To create the loop, the standard has been overwritten, creating a situation that - obviously - would NEVER exist.
This work, while humorous (in the original form), is superfluous.
Comment by Tom Moody
May 11, 2008 9:49 pm
Martin, if what you are saying is true then the joke is only funny because some of us thought "out of office autoreply" could create such a loop. How awkward. I propose a revision to the piece: two computers mailing "the recipient's mailbox is full" messages back and forth to each other--that message I know goes out multiple times for each recipient.
Update, 2011: The Rhizome link has been changed to http://rhizome.org/editorial/2008/mar/27/out-of-office-autoreply/ / comment thread