Getting annoying messages? Filter them out

Tom Jackson
Mar 23, 2010

 

Connie Schultz had an amusing column in the Sunday Plain Dealer about an annoying facet of modern life: What do you do if you're a liberal and you are bombarded with angry, partisan e-mails forwarded to you by your conservative friends? Or, conversely, if you're a conservative and you're tired of being sent copies of e-mails from Moveon.org?

Schultz suggests e-mailing them a copy of her column. That might work, but if the goal is to avoid offending your otherwise dear right wing friend, why not just filter out the e-mails? On Gmail, for example,  you can easily put together a filter that will deposit any e-mail from rightwingnut@hotmail.com that uses the word "Obama" directly into your trash folder. Conservatives could filter out messages frombleedingheart@yahoo.com that include the words "health reform" and "insurance."

Genuine personal messages from your friends would still get through, but the latest Birther e-mail would go in the folder with the breast enhancement and Viagra ads. If you friend says, "What did you think of that e-mail proving that Obama is really from Mars?" you can say, "I'm sorry, I get lots of e-mail. I must have missed that." (You don't have to say, "Sorry, I didn't finish going through the Trash folder.")