Thursday, 5 June 2014

The Question of Junk.

In spite of all the best efforts of e-mail providers to apply filters, junk mail still arrives in our inboxes on a daily basis. It's readily recognisable as such, and we know that somebody out there is trying to manipulate us in some way. We know that there’s a good chance they’re trying to obtain money from us fraudulently, that maybe they’re even trying to steal it from us surreptitiously. Being aware that somebody is trying to con us has become a daily experience.

Before the advent of the internet, such an experience was extremely rare, so is this having an effect on the human psyche? Are we moving from a generally trusting state to a generally untrusting one? Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Is it teaching us a lesson about the level of rabid self-interest and capacity for deceit which lurks within the human animal? And will it help us change things for the better.

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