Links for 2009-01-20

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  1. Posted January 28, 2009 at 02:50 | Permalink

    Wow, I’ve never been called an asshat before. Unrepentant or otherwise.

    An ill-judged method of contacting a group of key bloggers? Yes. Spam? No.

  2. Posted January 28, 2009 at 11:24 | Permalink

    You’ll get used to it.

  3. Posted January 28, 2009 at 11:25 | Permalink

    The text I quoted from the article reads to me as “some bloggers have wierd ideas about getting mail, and who knew they’d get annoyed when we sent them some!”

    I guess that’s where we disagree. A blogger is not a professional journalist, for the most part, so unsolicited press releases are not a part of their job, and generally not welcome. On top of that, spam is most commonly defined as unsolicited bulk email (source 1, source 2). And I personally do not believe that political spam has any higher standing than any other type of spam, regardless of who’s sending it.

    It’s all about consent to receive the mail — whether it’s solicited or not.

  4. Paul Moloney
    Posted January 28, 2009 at 11:55 | Permalink

    Justin, as Damian says, it’s obviously not spam if the sender thinks it’s important and the recipients are selected. You know, like my highly important penis enlargement pill advertorial that I have carefully targeted at Green Party members (fnarr).


  5. ben
    Posted January 28, 2009 at 19:58 | Permalink

    Tsk, Justin, it’s the Green Party. I think “it’s OK if we do it. If we can do it.” is their Party motto. Gormley, of course, understands that he can’t do anything at all, because he’s not Dick Roche.

    I wouldn’t worry too much about the Greens for too much longer, anyway. They’ve never seen one of their own feet without wanting to insert it into their mouths and shoot it, simultaneously.