Jerry Seinfeld once asked,”What is mail, really?” His punch line was that mail boils down to two things: bills and junk mail. Why get excited about mail? It is not as if anybody actually sends you anything interesting like letters anymore. Sadly, traditional mail, or snail mail, is mostly a lost art. A typical trip to one’s mailbox reveals nothing besides bills and solicitations. There is little reason to send letters through
the postal system when they can be sent for free over the Internet and reach their destination almost instantly.
Email has taken over snail mail as a routine form of written correspondence. As the medium has grown in popularity it caught the attention of the snail mail solicitors. Now digital junk mail, known as spam, has followed the paper letter writers to their new medium. The result is that the average person’s daily email contains 10 credit card offers, 8 young girls who show it all, 15 guaranteed ways to make up to $1,723 per week from home, and 3 herbal solutions for impotency.
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