My mother taught me to be polite. Because of that, I feel badly about deleting emails from people I do not know, who offer me some outlandish financial reward. Somehow, I feel that they--not some random generator--have addressed me personally and should receive a respectful reply, not simply erasure. Even though I understand internet technology, me earliest training trumps later learnings. Shows how stupid I am...
I do not receive much spam. When I do, the subject seem to be similar for a time and then change. There was a period of viagra, of penis enlargement, of Rolex watches, of Canadian pharmacies, investment wonders, and so on.
Now, I am receiving a new variety, which all try to get money from me. “Your payment is in serious danger”, “Contact Western Union now for payment information”, and so on. One was particularly intriguing: “Notice to quit the occupied premises item No 6150” with an attachment, which will surely lead to phishing. Another new category is notifications from Apple, which look very authentic, telling me that someone in Morocco has used my password, and from Microsoft, asking me to “kindly read the attached letter” all in screaming caps. I did not.
Of course, I delete all spam without opening or reading beyond the address line. I wonder if lonely people, who receive no real mail fall for the lure of correspondence from afar...
Anyone that uses email will have sympathy with the following article.
I noticed from the very beginning of this tool, back in the ’90’s, that its ease led to misuse and overuse. People copied everyone on everything. Some send company-wide (this was a global corporation) announcements of a kitten for adoption. Emails were written to cover one’s posterior sections, as opposed to get something done. I can only imagine how this has mushroomed.
I have two suggestions about emails:
1. Think before you write. Is the note really necessary?
No, three suggestions...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.