access greed?

Old Nov 14th 2001, 6:55 am
Mark Griffith
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Above all, think this through: Why is spam so annoying?

Because you like the ease and convenience of e-mail, that's why. So your in box
matters to you. Over the last decade it has become hugely easier and quicker for you
to contact others on a much bigger scale than photocopied letters or even fax
machines ever let us dream of. And you resent the fact that hundreds of thousands of
nobodies now find it correspondingly easier to contact you? This is worse than
snobbery; this is "access greed": wanting to have access to others for yourself but
for them not to have access to you.

This is the dirty secret of the anti-spammers.

You want free speech for yourselves, and perhaps for others sometimes -- as long as
you don't have to listen too often. Even listening for the 30 seconds it takes to
delete a bunch of uninvited petitions is apparently too much for these people.

Free speech -- as long as it has a nice, secure one-way valve attached?

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