Posts from September 2008.

Chain Letter Rant

Old Glory

Old Glory

I received a chain letter in email today. Not once, but six times. I hate emails that tell me how many people I should forward the message onto. I feel like the wet-ware component of some computer super-virus. Not to mention the bad feelings I get if I don’t know that many people well enough to feel comfortable forwarding the email to. It’s tough not having friends.

The following blue and red text is the email I received. The blue text is the email, the red text is the parts of the email that I feel are just WRONG.

GET YOUR FLAG READY!

Please join us in this FLY THE FLAG campaign and PLEASE forward this Email immediately to everyone in your address book asking them to also forward it. We have a little less than one week and counting to get the word out all across this great land and into every community in the United States of America.

If you forward this email to least 11 people and each of those people do the same … you get the idea.

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Action Plan :

So, here’s what we need you to do …

(1) Forward this email to everyone you know (at least 11 people). Please don’t be the one to break this chain. Take a moment to think back to how you felt on 9/11 and let those sentiments guide you.

(2) Fly an American flag of any size on 9/11. Honestly, Americans should fly the flag year-round, but if you don’t, then at least make it a priority on this day.

Crap like this doesn’t belong in email it belongs on the six o’clock evening news. It belongs in the local news paper. It belongs on corporate bulletin boards (the kind made from cork and wood). It belongs in the media, on web pages and in blogs. It does not belong in email.

If my point wasn’t clear, let me sum it up: crap like this doesn’t belong in email.

If everyone forwarded this to eleven people, we’d bring the Internet to its knees. Don’t mindlessly forward emails to everyone in your address book… unless you just published photos of your kids and they aren’t going to forward your message onto 121 other people.