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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Politicians Want to Text Us, Ruin Last Spam-Free Area of Our Over-Mediated Lives

Posted By on Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Show us a campaign e-mail, and we'll show you spam. Call us on our landline, and -- oops, we don't have one. But send us a text, and Sweet Bejeezus we will drop the choking child we're trying to resuscitate and text you right back. JK! (It's true.) 

Politicians have known about our text obsession for a couple years, but now, according to David Lieb's recent AP story (which is getting picked up around the country), some of them are getting prit-tee clever about getting your cell phone number.

Those include Missouri's own Robin Carnahan, who's now throwing up signs in the occasional Men's room that read "Text FLUSH to Robin" near the toilet or "Text WASH to Robin" over the sink. According to Lieb:
The bathroom bulletins were part of a calculated campaign strategy by Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Robin Carnahan to collect as many cell phone numbers as possible for a text-message database.
There are so, so many things we could say about this, but we'll stick with a message to the politicians for now.

Look, old-people-who-owe-their-jobs-to-our-approval. Here's how not to make us angry. (Disregard for a second all the morons who recklessly give out their cell phone numbers to marketers and websites. Nobody likes those people anyway.)

For most of us, the cell phone text is pure and true. When we get a text, we know it's going something we actually want to read, not just another blowhard trying to sell us something.

If you get our numbers, call us if you must. But don't ruin texting. Please don't ruin it.


Young America

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