A while ago, I irritated yet another person (funny how that happens) who thought to pay me back by signing me up to a whole host of liberal e-mail lists. This list-bombing was mildly annoying at first, but it had some truly educational value. I have learned a great many things as a result of this idiot’s little “gift.”
First, the average liberal group has about as much a sense of responsibility about e-mail etiquette as they do about fiscal responsibility, personal responsibility, foreign policy, or much of anything. Of the identified groups mailing me so far — The Democratic National Committee, Friends Of Hillary Clinton, Friends Of John Kerry, or The Nation Magazine — bother to verify subscriptions. Once an e-mail address finds its way on to thier list, it’s considered “golden.”
Secondly, the arrogance of these groups is pretty astounding. They all have their little unsubscribe link at the bottom — Kerry and Hillary use the exact same phrasing. But The Nation pretty much presumes that if I’m on their list, it’s MY fault and MY responsiblity to fix it. Their disclaimer, in its entirety:
You shouldn’t be on this list if you didn’t sign up. If you want to stop receiving this newsletter, replying to this e-mail will not work. To unsubscribe, click here.
Thirdly, they all include some form of begging. “Give us money.”
Finally, when you call them to ask about their e-mail practices, they will cheerfully offer to unsubscribe you. In fact, they make it sound like they’re doing you a tremendous favor by removing you from their list. Good luck getting them to explain how you got on there in the first place, however.
Now, in all fairness, the folks on the right might be just as obtuse, rude, and clueless. I don’t know, because I’ve never been list-bombed with their services. For all I know, the RNC, National Review, and Friends Of Dubya could be the worst case of spammers since Sanford Wallace and Ronnie Scelson.
But I do know that I’ve been list-bombed before, and it’s a sad day when one can say that the average porno company shows more responsibility (by confirming a subscription request) than the leadership of a major political party.