Thursday, July 30, 2009

Delete, delete, delete.

One of my co-workers just hit “reply-all” to take the opportunity to encourage everyone to take advantage of the proposed state funded health insurance plan that our agency has been offered by the State of KS. This was fine until he felt the need to add: “Until Obama and his cronies take it all away”.

I’ve blocked email from a few relatives due to the deluge of conspiracy theory/racist/right-wing nut job emails that they randomly forward on. I really don’t believe that they even read them, let alone take the step of checking with Snopes to see if any of it is true. They come in clusters once or twice a month, presumably when they get on that fancy computer to check their interwebs email.

I have one friend from high-school who occasionally forwards something that is politically “right” of where I stand, but it is usually pretty obvious that she’s chosen to send it because it has some significance to her or is something she is willing to debate. She’s not just hitting “FWD” on every little thing, in other words.

I can respect this… I had another high-school friend who forwarded me lots of stuff in hopes of pissing me off. We don’t talk much anymore.

I don’t generally forward a lot of email in general, and particularly political stuff… especially if I don’t know where others stand. Didn’t that used to be pretty basic manners? To refrain from intentionally provoking, belittling, or otherwise causing discomfort?

I wonder if people think that by sending something politically charged that one day their friend or relative will read it and say “Oh! Well of course—now I get it. Apparently I’ve been thinking about this wrong all along.”

Probably not gonna happen.


gypsy said...

I detest political forwards. Detest. And the galling ego of the people who forward them.

I didn't know you were "blogging" for real again. YAY!

Anonymous said...

Guilty of being on of the high school friends, and yes, I do hope that one day you realize you are thinking all wrong by reading one of my forwards. Smile. I love ya, even if you know...liberal. Yikes!! Mar.

"I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time . Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult." --E.B. White