A bit of R&R

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Mar 21, 2004

Man. Loves. His. Spam. No really.

Some choose Yoga, others choose a glass of wine and a soak in a hot bath, and some, apparently, choose reading spam as their preferred method of unwinding from the stresses of the working day.

It was with some disbelief that VB read, in the Wall Street Journal (http://www.wsj.com/), about a 45-year-old New Yorker who likes to receive spam. The behaviour described seemed (to VB) so unthinkable that the piece read more like satire than an article in a respected news journal — according to the WSJ the gentleman in question spends hundreds of dollars a week making spam-related purchases, claiming that spam helps him ‘lose the stress of the day’ and even goes as far as to say that ‘good spam ... leaves [him] feeling blessed’. With a recent survey by anti-spam company MailShell finding that eight per cent of respondents had bought products via spam, one wonders whether the problem is being approached from the wrong angle. Perhaps, rather than concentrating solely on those who send spam, attention should be turned to those who perpetuate the problem by responding to it …

Posted on 21 March 2004 by Virus Bulletin

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