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Topic: Spam (not the meat) (11/03/11)
TITLE: Culinary Musings
By dee smith
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My cooking buddy came over for dinner last night. We started discussing the thing we would hate to cook or eat—spam, came up. My computer buddy wanted to know how one would cook or eat spam. He was discussing the deluge of junk mail, email, text messages, and advertizing we all receive on a daily basis. Where does all this junk mail come from? Why is it sent—don’t they know I probably won’t open it because I don’t recognize the sender? Is there an internet devil who delights in loading my email account with unwanted and unsolicited mail?
Some friends of mine have a unique way of dealing with junk mail. When they get junk mail in the mailbox, they open it, and put the forms in the envelope and send it back—completely blank. This lets the sender know they are not interested, but more importantly the send has to pay postage to get the blank form back. I love the idea. Now, if only there was a way to force the spammers to pay for the spam they send. The problem is the internet is international and not all countries have laws against spam or even want these laws! Some countries, which shall remain nameless, have industries devoted the sending spam. Let’s face it spam is big business which means big money.
Spam wouldn’t be such a big deal, except too many times it has worms or viruses attached. I still don’t understand the thrill of sending someone a virus to disable their computer. What exactly does the sender gain? At least the worms allow the sender the pleasure of getting into your computer and messing it up prior to crashing it. This says a lot about our world and its values. Spammers feel entitled to spam—it’s their free speech. It doesn’t matter who they hurt—there are no absolute rules especially if the rules will infringe upon my freedom to do as I please.
We can ignore spam, but that doesn’t solve anything; in fact it probably will ensure you receive more. We can report spam, but I’ve never found that to be effective either. I believe the only resolution for spam is to teach people respect, compassion and the golden rule. I know this gets awfully close to mixing religion and government – how un-PC of me. But political correctness only encourages others to be narcissistic . (Our culture is so messed up we even named a generation the “ME” generation!) Perhaps it is time to rethink our position on the Bible, to recognize that others do not exist for my benefit. Maybe then spam can refer to the meat—which by the way I also find unappetizing.
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