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Why do we hate spam so much?

By Linda Landry
Posted Tuesday, December 7, 2004

Everyone agrees that spam is BAD! We obviously hate it because we named it SPAM. The garbage lunch meat packed in a can and made from leftover animal parts; the next thing to waste! Yes, I agree it is annoying to have your electronic mail box filled with unsolicited mail. But isn't that what the delete key is for? Once you eliminate the unwanted item, it is as if it never existed. So why do we get so upset? Is it because we get unnecessary mail telling us how to grow body organs we don't have or how to get more pleasure from sex? Or is it the pornography we did not request and we are embarrassed that someone may think we did? I am sure the large part of our concern is 'catching' a virus. We can protect ourselves from this contamination with software just as we can protect ourselves from germs by taking precautions. We cannot totally eliminate the possibility of becoming infected. But we have learned to live with the reality of germs. Will we ever become accustomed to the reality of a computer virus? We have adjusted to junk mail in our snail mail boxes and telephone solicitors dialing our number without permission, so why do we get so upset about spam? It has become the number one topic and it is being labeled as abuse. Perhaps we should just learn to use our delete key and appreciate the availability of this free avenue of communication; before it becomes regulated.

About the Author
Linda Landry is the Editor/Publisher of CYBERSHOPNEWS which is a weekly free ezine. A copy can be reviewed on her site at ( Brother site: ( You may contact her about this article at Reprint permission is granted if the article is printed in it's entirety and with this resource box.


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