Tuesday, May 04, 2021

"I Hate Junk Mail", explained by Johnny Harris



my own junk mail, small sample, 2021

I Hate Junk Mail”, aka, “Junk Mail, Explained” by Johnny Harris

Harris starts out by explaining he has no problems with ads in public spaces (highway or barn billboards) or even ads served to him online by algorithms. 

But he does had a problem with telemarketing, direct mail, and email marketing, which he says crosses his red line.

He would probably include cold calls to telemarketing. 

He didn’t include the deluge of mail from non-profits, not just thank-you letters but pleas for campaigns if you give to them automatically through a trust, which I (in retirement) do.

One problem with “whining” about this would be, this is just how you have to play ball in the market. I had many job interviews after my post-9/11 layoff at age 58 and I saw this is just how it is done.

But Harris goes ways that companies (he uses Doordash) get around the “privacy policy” problem by offshoring it to databrokers anyway, legally;  then he explains a similar mechanism with the USPS and its NCOA (National Change of Address) which is coordinated with companies like Group-1 Software (part of Pitney Bowes – I had a job interview with them on January 3, 2003 and never heard back, interesting).   One idea would be to put everything on the NCOA database and let credit-grantors use it to check for identity theft (my ID blog, Sept. 25, 2006). 

This video was particularly interesting to me, at least. I have to get junk mail discarded from a high rise building, and the pandemic has actually complicated that, a lot. 

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