I have been clearing my letterbox for years of all the advertising pamphlets, catalogues and flyers. Not a day goes by that doesn’t see a handful of them in there. While I applaud the free-enterprise spirit that has driven the shops, printers, and elderly Chinese men who plod patiently down the street to deliver them, the bulk and waste is getting to me.
Apparently a simple sign saying ” No Junk Mail ” works to some extent, though it seems a little judgemental. One of my correspondents said that she used one of these but took it down when she felt sorry for the delivery person.
Another friend suggested that I post the unwanted material back to the advertisers who initiated it but leave the postage off the front to the envelope. This has a certain mean appeal. Yet another thought a composting letter box that fed the snails would be a good idea – trouble is it might eat up actual letters that fall through by mistake.
I have yet to make a decision about the paper post. But I have decided to try something to stem the flow on the computer. I don’t mean in emails – I get very few junk emails as it is – I mean in the Facebook social media page. I am going to experiment with the business of stopping propaganda.
The recent American election was bad enough for nine months, but it now appears that there will be an unlimited effort for an unlimited time by people who want to shout electronically. They will shout politics, religion, irreligion, sex, economics, and every other damn topic unbidden. As far as the quality of the propaganda, even the old 1920’s Soviet agitprop was elegant and tasteful compared to the stuff that is YouTubed out there today.
Okay. Today the experiment starts. I have prepared a sticker – you’ll see the form of it on the heading image. The universal traffic symbol for ” prohibited ” overlain on a typewriter ” P “. The feld-grau backdrop for the letter is not symbolic – it was just in the colour chooser at the time. I am going to append this sticker to any blatant propaganda that is fed onto my Facebook page.
I expect it – and I – will be removed by some of the posters as being critical of them. If they look carefully they may find that this is not quite the case – if a person takes the time to write their own essay about their own opinions, and then can cite actual evidence to support these, I am ready to read and discuss it all. I am not prepared to take at face value evidence, attitudes, or assaults that would not stand in a magistrate’s court.
The NoProp sticker comes out when someone just “shares” some meme, placard, or pre-packaged pressure group drama – wherever it comes from. Won’t stop the haters from hating, nor from waving their electronic placards, but it will tell them that I am calling the stuff for what it is – propaganda.