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Sunday, July 27, 2003

TO COMBAT SPAM, THINK OF THE CHILDREN
(blogathon 2003)
We all hate spam. It's hit me how much I actually get when, in the course of this Blogathoning, I would get called over to my computer at least once an hour to respond to an incoming mail message that, more often than not, ended up being spam. I figure I got anywhere between 25 and 30 spams during this 20-hour period.

There are all kinds of proposed solutions. I think it's going to take some drastic, egregious event on the part of spammers to get a solution instituted. In what area of most people's lives does any pertinent action bring on a quick and fevered response? That's right, anything perceived to be harmful to the children.

So reports that 80% of young children regularly receive inappropriate, even pornographic, spam has got to raise somebody's dander. That in turn will raise the dander of elected officials, who will be obliged to take action. (That dander is some powerful stuff.)

Simply put, if spam starts to be perceived as something that comes into harmful contact with the kiddies, that might be the needed additional spark necessary to really start cracking down on the huge volume that gets sent out. It's a simple-minded rationale, but for once, the "won't-somebody-think-of-the-children" routine could have a truly positive effect for us all.