On 17 May 2002 20:03:50 -0400
John R Levine <John> wrote:
> It's a cultural thing. In the U.S. some people get very prickly about
> free speech and hate the thought of losing any mail they want. Other
> places they're willing to put up with quite a lot of collateral damage
> to keep the spam away, particularly if they haven't been online long
> enough to feel that email is as essential to their work as many of us
I find it correlates well with age (in 'net terms). People who got on
the 'net since September tend as a class to not consider email either
vital or an intrinsic part of their life. Those from before September,
as a class, tend to consider email more functionally and even as a
reliable transport that has real meaning in their lives. This is not to
say that exceptions don't exist on both sides, for instance in the
post-September OSS community which tends (quite deliberately) to ape the
J C Lawrence
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