It’s been about two and one half years since I began this blog. As someone new to the whole blogosphere I unfamiliar even with the basics. How to write text and have it appear – how to respond to comments – all that stuff. I learned through trial and error and made more than my fair share of mistakes along the way.
Months went by, I had settled into a regular routing of posting, I knew how to respond to comments and I was began to feel comfortable with my writing. And then one day I noticed something on my home page which I had overlooked. It was a statement from Word Press that “You have 55 comments in your spam queue.” That was interesting as I was unaware I had a spam queue – or anyone would bother to send material to it where it would take its last breath.
So I went to my spam queue and began reviewing the comments which Word Press had diverted. Several of them were obviously ads for a service which would improve the overall appearance of the blog and which promised greater visibility by helping to select key words that google would pick up. Several were in foreign languages and I have no idea their subject matter. So I deleted them all and went about my business.
As more readers left comments, I noticed that the number of spam comments was rapidly overtaking the number of actual comments and would soon surpass them. That day came and went and now the “spam” comments, received and deleted, is about four times the number of real comments.
But there is something interesting in the more recent comments – other than that about twenty per day are regularly appearing. That is the subject matter of these comments – which predominantly come in two varieties.
The first advertise a variety of porn sites where, should one have an interest, a person presumably can view a variety of “Eurasian shemales” and things of that sort.
The second of these advertise sites where drugs, (mostly pain medications but ED drugs are also a common theme), can be obtained.
For all his genius, Jefferson messed up. He spoke of our right to, “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” but omitted “privacy.” It’s only fair to admit that he could certainly not have foreseen how the world would change a few centuries after his time. But golly, it would have been nice if he had been that prescient and slipped it in, right after that liberty word.
But wait a minute. Isn’t it essential to liberty to be free from spying (which implies intimidation) – whether that is from government or from fellow humans? We’ve always had nosey neighbors and peeping Toms. We’ve simply enhanced the tools of their trade and speeded up the process, enabling them to be even more intrusive. And now, more than ever, we’ve gotten government in the game – in fact leading the charge.
I realize that the reason for the particular spam comments I’m receiving is that I’ve touched on drug companies and their products and written a few posts on human sexuality. Obviously, that is sufficient to drive people through the google algorithm and allow them to send out their stuff. So, as convenient as google is for doing useful research, it too has its downside, as my inbox will attest.
But as annoyed as I am by all this, I am most offended that from the original ‘60’s mantra, ‘Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n Roll,” someone had the nerve to turn off the music.