A World Full of Junk

Apri 23, 2013

The “Pros and Cons” blog now receives dozens of comments a day.  Unfortunately, though, most of the comments are trying to sell basketball shoes, Ugg boots or Coach pocketbooks.

In the pre-Internet days, junk mail and telemarketing calls were the only annoying interruptions.  Today, throwing out the trash is practically a full-time job.

The junk mail still comes and so do the telemarketing calls – in Massachusetts, sales calls can be blocked on residential lines, but not on business lines – but there are more ways than ever for junk to reach us.

We typically receive several submissions a day through the form on our Web site with links to Coach and other retail merchandisers.  Daily e-mails from Wing Wan Textile Company and Alex White have all but replaced the e-mails from Nigerian princes who want to send me money.  And let’s not forget the pop-up ads.

Virtually all of the blog comments and junk e-mails are written in broken English.  For example, there’s this, accompanied by a promise of employment: “Good day, I represent WING WAN TEXTILE Textiles a reputable company here in the Asia.”

My personal favorite was a blog comment with the subject line, “Are Cheap Sunglasses Bad As Your Eyes.”

And consider this typical blog comment:

“Nice post. I understand some thing far more challenging on unique blogs everyday. It is going to generally be stimulating to read content from other writers and practice a bit some thing from their store. I'd prefer to use some using the content on my weblog regardless of whether you do not mind. Natually I'll provide you with a link on your web weblog. Thanks for sharing.”

I can almost understand what the writer is trying to say, but not quite.

Other than providing amusement and wasting people’s time, does all of this junk really move product?  Does it really entice people to give up their credit card numbers?  Whose job is it to spread this junk?

And how can I get rid of it?

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