One of my friends got unsolicited email newsletter from his congressperson (he didn’t specify which one), and he doesn’t like it. It’s spam, he says. It is opt-out, but unsolicited nonetheless.
I think that’s missing the point. Although spam is usually defined simply as “unsolicited bulk email”, I tend to think of that in terms of people casting a wide net in hopes of catching a few percent of the recipients. I’d love to get an email newsletter from my representatives.
Still, my friend says it’s all still about sales, and the politician is trying to sell himself. Sure, that’s true, but we’re all selling ourselves every day.
I checked the web sites for my senators and discovered they have opt-in lists, but I wouldn’t have know about them unless I really looked for them. I would have liked a single email saying “You can keep tabs on me by …” or something similar.
I don’t think we should use the spam outrage hysteria to keep our elected officials from reaching us.
What do you think?