Occupy Junk Mail

I’m always happy to return my junk mail from whence it came, or at least back into the “outgoing” slot, in my ongoing feud with the Post Office. It would probably be more effective to return it to the original senders if only I had time for such an undertaking, but — wait, I feel a rush of poetry coming on…

Alas and alack,
No time to mail it back.

But that’s just me.  Could “Return To Sender” be an effective “Occupy” tactic?:

No doubt there’s more of such ingenuity where that came from, and we’ll be seeing it very soon.  As winter approaches and the logistics of “occupying” outdoor spaces become increasingly untenable, more creative tactics will be needed to keep the Occupy movement top-of-mind until Occupations can begin again, re-energized, next spring.  I don’t see this one fading into the sunset anytime soon.

But even if it does fade, the movement (at least in the States) has already been a success, having managed to grab the wheel and steer the political discourse away from the sinkholes of meaningless minutae and wheel-spinning that tend to bog it down.  Even the media has dropped its stubborn pretense that the protests “were nothing”, and has started talking about the things that matter: the economic squeeze-play crushing the beleaguered middle class, the monied special interests pulling the strings of government, and a future increasingly bereft of opportunity.  When even business media features more than one article about you on their website…

 …the shifting of tectonic plates is underway.  And that in itself is an accomplishment.

10 Responses to “Occupy Junk Mail”

  1. 1 sassy Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    This reminds me of someone who had donated to a cause and for years after that kept receiving mail solicitations for additional funds.

    Try as they did to be taken off the mailing list, they were not successful until they taped the enclosed postage prepaid envelope to a brick and mailed it back. The post office did deliver it and the organization took that name of their list post haste.

  2. 2 JJ Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Ha! I’ll have to try that!!

  3. 3 Torontonian Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Since the Post Office delivers junk mail to you and you don’t like it,
    then why not put it back into the nearest mailbox? Enough people
    doing that would solve the junk mail problem quite quickly, n’est-ce pas?

  4. 4 JJ Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    That’s what I’ve been doing for about 3 years. My post box is in one of those rural super-boxes, which conveniently has a slot for outgoing mail 😛
    It hasn’t stopped the junk mail from coming though, it’s relentless…

  5. 5 hemmingforddogblog Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 3:24 am

    If you ask, Canada Post has to stop putting the flyers in your mail box. I haven’t had a flyer in years!

    Keeping with the “occupy” theme, did you see this?

    Proving once again that Conservatives don’t have a sense of humour!

  6. 6 JJ Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Bwahaa! Good one
    I read Fake Jeremy’s fake interview somewhere else, forget where. The story was told quite breathlessly and indignantly… “Look at this BUM!” etc. It was so obviously fake it’s a little astonishing that so many people would run with it. But then again, people do tend to stop researching as soon as their biases are confirmed.

  7. 7 burpster Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Just ask Canada Post for a red dot. That will stop all flyer delivery to your box/home. THe real problem is that so much junk mail is actually addressed and has to be delivered.

    I’d be more than happy to never have to deliver another peice of junk mail, but that won’t ever happen since CP makes so much money from junk.

  8. 8 JJ Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    You’re a postie! I love posties! Thanks for your service, through rain and snow and whatever whatever…

  9. 9 burpster Monday, November 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    It’s a part-time gig between the real money jobs. I work as an RSMC (Rural Suburban Mail Carrier) that’s kinda like indentured servitude.

  10. 10 JJ Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    No worries, IMO all jobs where you’re working for anyone other than yourself are indentured servitude :p

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