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Reader feedback: Letter to the editor

The other side of spam

Some think that the fall of communism (remember, we all had the keys to its fall?) brought complete liberty, but I think it is not entirely the case. We were subjugated by communists and now, though we have democracy, we are sometimes intimidated by people whom I would call control freaks.

How does this concern spam? Everyone has heard that spam is a nuisance and, in a way it is, but not always so. Public charity collections may also be annoying for some, while they bring satisfaction to others.

Let's have a closer look because I think there is a great deal of power grabbing behind this, as well as something all people have in common - fear. Fear of the competition, for example. Not all spam offers are about dubious, unreliable products. Not all of them are sent every day to thousands of email addresses.

A level playing field and equal opportunities for everyone might be another aspect of this issue. Some businesses just would not survive if their competition had the same opportunities.

I am not talking about abundant offers of electronic sex. That can be fought effectively with spam filters. I understand this completely - who wants to see nudity on the net anyway? Thus we have to distinguish between "spam" and spam.

For instance, spam that is used to spread ideas (and it happens from time to time) which could improve society is just "spam". I even received a request to donate blood by email. Only people with a desperate need to control others would call this spam. It all boils down to control.

There are groups in the society that want to control everything. We have to fight them - even with spam, which is another situation in which I would again rather label it "spam".

Who knows, in future spam and electronic communication in general might be one of the few avenues of democracy left. I believe in technology helping man. On the other hand, I do not believe in man using technology and other means to control and limit others.

Of course, I can use media to express my opinion, but what if they decide not to publish it? In that case, I would want to express my sincere thanks to spam.

Norbert Mázik

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