There has been a lot of talk lately in tech publications about the possibility of selling electronic “stamps” to be used for sending email. To that I say, “Are you fuckin’ high?” At a penny an email, that would mean that I would get charged $10-$50 a month, for a service that I already have and use for free; better yet, it’s a service that I should be entitled to, technologically speaking. The worst argument I’ve heard for this is “it will stop Spam” – bullshit. I get snail-mailboxes full of junk mail, at 37 cents a pop, or whatever the bulk rate is. I used to get tons of calls from telemarketers and they have to pay for the long distance charges. Did that stop them from calling me? No. It took a state level law to stop the calls. This is whole thing is simply a plan to line someone’s
pockets – probably government – and it disgusts me.
Oh and if you want to stop Spam? Go after the Spammers. Pass a real law – unlike CAN-SPAM, reads as “[You] Can Spam [Us]” – and don’t fuck the end user simply because they use an email account. It’s just disgusting.