American Digest’s Vanderleun writes,

SPAM is merely a bit of static in the background. Arguments that it “injures productivity” are bogus since that presumes that employees don’t spend a good part of their day injuring productivity on the job by reading web pages such as Politech. White collar employees will, when given a net connection, always fritter away hours of their day. To presume otherwise is to presume they are all on some sort of cyberassembly line where if the next email message isn’t right on target our massive economy is headed down the drain. Some people making their living selling consulting services on productivity to underworked executives may like to pretend otherwise, but the fact of the matter is that there’s always been a huge amount of slack in office jobs and SPAM elinination won’t make it stop. It will merely be spent on some site that offers flash Tetris.

The Zero-Spam Tolerance cult is just another manifestation of the Nanny Culture where individuals want someone, somewhere (aka “The Government”) to solve their quite stupidly simple and simply stupid problems by “passing a law,” “making a regulation,” and then “enforcing it” across the World Wide Wimpdom. This from a group of users who can actually go in and wade through the process of correcting the Windows Registry? Simps and weaklings the lot of them. Cowboy up, dudes and dudettes!

Hmm. If I was going to spend two hours screwing around on the web, and have to spend 30 minutes deleting spam, doesn’t that mean that I will now fritter away 2-1/2 hours? Indeed, maybe three, to help relieve spam-induced stress?

(Hat tip: Ogged)

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  1. Vanderleun says:

    Thanks for the link and the notice. I appreciate it. But I have to say that if you’ve got a half an hour of spam deletion per day, you either need to get a working spam filter and set it up or stop spending so much time in AOL chat rooms.

  2. James Joyner says:

    Heh. It’s probably not that much, except when worms and such send tons of it my way. But, spread across an office, it’s quite a bit of time per day, let alone year. And, unlike just surfing around and relaxing, utterly without redemptive value.