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Mar. 20 2012

Emails, etc…

By Mark Malinowski | Posted in Host Blogs | 5 Comments

I don’t like being on email “mailing lists.”  You know what I mean–when you get an email, usually some old joke or a cute picture of a puppy riding an elephant or something, and the address list is about the length of a Russian novel.  It’s not that I totally object to seeing pictures of puppies riding elephants, or that I am offended by jokes I have probably already heard.  I just don’t like being one of a huge number of people that all get the same thing.  Isn’t it bad enough that we are all being turned into numbers by corporations and government agencies.  Should we be doing this to our friends, as well?  I’m sure that my well-meaning friends who do that on a regular basis certainly don’t mean to  dehumanize me and all the other people on the mailing list.  I’m sure that at one time, it took a conscious, deliberate thought to put me on the list.  After that, however, I just became another name that is part of list “a” or whatever.

I would rather like to think that when I do get a cute picture of a kitten grooming an ostrich or some such thing, that the sender sent it specifically to me, thinking, “I bet Mark would get a kick out of this.”  Perhaps that sounds a bit self-centered, but that’s the way I feel.

The absolute worst, however is when I start getting political messages from my “friends” with mailing lists.  The only time I ever sent out a “mass mailing” was a few years ago, when it seemed that every time I checked my email, I was getting some political information bit from someone.  In my mass mailing, I asked people to remove me from their lists for political messages.  By sending me such messages, they were telling me that they saw me as unable to make an intelligent, informed decision without their help, which, quite frankly, I found insulting.  The response I got was surprisingly positive.  Apparently I was not the only one who tired of the diatribes.

Another election year has arrived, and I am hoping that my message of a few years ago has not been forgotten, but I have a mass mailing ready, just in case.  Don’t look for kittens, puppies, ostriches, elephants, or tree sloths.

Mark Malinowski


Mark is WBJC's morning host. His full bio can be read here.

5 Responses to Emails, etc…

  • Doug says:

    ^ LIKE!!

  • Judith Krummeck
    Judith Krummeck says:

    Case in point…I still remember the personalized–and VERY funny–email you sent me about the South African airline, Kulula, Mark. I so agree with you about this. A one-line, personal email means so much more than a long round-robin any day.

  • Kati Harrison
    Kati Harrison says:

    Oddly enough I don’t get those group forwarded emails as much as I used to. (knock on wood) I also don’t get the “chain” emails as much either which irritate me more than anything. With everything else, if it’s not personal, I casually and automatically hit delete. I figure if the email is not personally for me then the sender won’t take it personally that I’ve nuked it. Chain emails, however, tend to make me feel on edge and almost guilty for deleting them. I still do though!

    • Diana Ross
      Diana Ross says:

      I have my mail filters set to hold anything with FW in the title so it doesn’t push through to my Blackberry :)

  • Paulette Hammond says:

    I think it is so cute that you each read and comment on each other’s blogs (this is the first time I’ve read any on the website since I rejoined 95.1 as a member a couple of weeks ago.)I’m looking forward to reading more, especially Jonathan’s, who did something clever in his programing last week (wish I could remember what it was; he played something I thought sounded like “Carnival of the Animals” and then actually played that piece after the one sounding like it.)

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