Email has been a terrific boon to communication. It has made it exceptionally easy to keep in touch with people around the world. I use it constantly for business and pleasure and would really miss it were it gone.
It has also become a source of irritation. I warrant that almost every computer user is familiar with the term spam and has a basic understanding of what it is. However I suspect that many people have not yet realized that they too are spammers.
These are the people who forward every email they receive, be it a joke, an urban legend or political diatribe. During the past few years I have had a number of discussions with family members about this because I am not interested in seeing everything that comes into their inbox.
I hate chain email letters in which I am promised good fortune for keeping the chain or misfortune for breaking it. I don’t like to receive urban legends about how much Bill Gates is going to pay me for emailing others or notes about how little men are trapped inside fortune cookies.
My biggest irritation lies in the political garbage that is sent to me. I consider myself to be an independent. I don’t like either party very much and my voting pattern belies that. I cross party lines without hesitation as I vote on things issue by issue.
But it irritates me to no end to receive notes from people who are certain that we must have similar politics because we are friends or share common genes. You should be aware that if you send me these kinds of note I will share my irritation with others, especially if you send me something that I disagree with.
I recently caused a bit of a row because I received an email containing a stupid letter written by Michael Moore. I despise the man. I think that he is of low character and has little to no integrity. The man makes a living off of the sorrow of others and he does so by playing fast and loose with facts, which is the very thing he accuses others of doing. The corpulent conman is a hypocrite.
When I received this unwanted and unsolicited email I replied to everyone on the distribution list. They all got to read my 500 word response about why I think that he is a buffoon and that a lot of sheep agree with him. That garnered a nasty response from the person who initiated the problem by sending an unwanted and unsolicited email to me.
All it would have taken is a moment of thought and things could have been different. I won’t apologize for responding to something that was sent to me. People should think about their actions prior to engaging in them.