Somehow, without my being aware of any process by which I had signed for it, I have for over a year been on the receiving end of a deluge of emails on Home Campus from an outfit calling itself “Reader Supported News.”
They fill my world with spam, most of it just links to current events with something desperately provocative in the subject line. “Read me!” they shout. But to be honest I don’t have time to deal with the things that actually interest me, let alone random things that some pushy electronic intruder feels I should see. Life is too short as it is.
So I generally delete them out of hand, unread, along with the pile of email I get from Governor Teabagger’s office (another source of spam that I don’t recall signing up for – perhaps a friend entered my name as a prank?), the updates from a number of organizations I do not belong to and never have and wouldn’t if paid to do so, and anything that happens to be sent from a particular colleague who behaved in a seriously unprofessional and offensive manner toward me last year. Apparently you cannot block internal email addresses on Home Campus, so I have to delete that last category manually.
I suppose I could block the Reader Supported News, now that I think of it. And the Governor. So perhaps the day is not entirely wasted.
From what I have been able to deduce, most of the people on RSN’s spam list are on my side. I say this because for the last week or so I have been getting a couple of emails a day with a subject line plaintively complaining about how the name of the service has become unintentionally ironic, although they don’t phrase it quite that way. However they say it, though, it is clear that while they are still repackaging the news and sending it out to the unsuspecting, most of it is not actually being read and still less of it is being supported.
Irony, thy name is spam. Or vice verse.
I think the point of these recent complaints is that they’re trying to threaten me with a cessation of these emails should my support not be forthcoming. This is roughly the equivalent of Kim threatening me with a long romantic weekend if I don’t get the basement cleaned. Trust me – the basement will not be cleaned under those circumstances. And they can just as well cease sending me those emails for all the good their sad complaints are doing.
Unless they’re threatening to double their output if I don’t donate. It’s hard to tell, not reading the messages.
I think spam email has run its course. The really clever cybercriminals and con artists have moved on to other outlets for their efforts, and spam has become the province of the B-team.
I’m still watching the RSN messages come in, though, mostly out of morbid curiosity as to how long it will last before they give up.
You take your entertainment where you can find it these days.