September 9th, 2008 by Bob Bly
A few minutes ago I got an e-mail from Angus, one of my e-zine subscribers, who objected to the frequency with which I send e-mail marketing messages to him.
“I don’t mind getting your offers, but you are sending too f@#$%ing many,” said Andre (using the F-word).
I replied, “There is no need to use abusive language with me” and told him I would unsubscribe him immediately.
He replied that I was coming off to him as “rude” and “thin-skinned.”
Folks, I think we have entered the Twilight Zone here.
This guy e-mails me an e-mail with an obscenity … but it’s ME, not him, who’s rude?
Anybody see a disconnect here?
There are many things I love about the Internet.
But one thing I dislike is how the anonymity of e-mail emboldens some folks to lose all inhibition, and say anything they please — things they would never dream of saying face to face unless they were looking to start an altercation.
Am I right saying that Angus, not me, is the rude one here?
Or am I so out of touch that Netiquette today says it’s fine to use profanities when e-mailing strangers?
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