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October 14, 2003 10:25 AM   Subscribe

Now it's officially a trend: Attacking the privacy of those who invade privacy (bottom of page) by publicizing their information. What's the verb for this going to be? I think "Barrying" should be a contender.
posted by soyjoy (19 comments total)
I couldn't find the godfather of all of these - the MeFi thread on John Poindexter. Did it get deleted?
posted by soyjoy at 10:26 AM on October 14, 2003

Served up by the people who are tired of the game being rigged to favor the wealthy and powerful.
posted by 2sheets at 10:35 AM on October 14, 2003

If you'd like to discuss this further, soyjoy can be reached at 555-726-8669.
posted by RavinDave at 12:01 PM on October 14, 2003

I regret to have to inform you all that RavinDave's mother is known to wear army boots.
posted by soyjoy at 12:10 PM on October 14, 2003

I'm all for it.

Everyone should suffer the same wraths they impose on others.

Payback really is a bitch.
posted by LouReedsSon at 12:11 PM on October 14, 2003

Isn't this somewhat hypocritical? I don't think Ghandi would approve. Satyagraha is the best way to effect change.
posted by insomnyuk at 12:24 PM on October 14, 2003

Justice you say? That was no justice. The shroud of the fark side has fallen. Begun, the Phone Wars have.

posted by joquarky at 12:34 PM on October 14, 2003

I totally called Pamela Mackey after seeing Tina Fey's rant on Weekend Update. I'm glad I wasn't the only one :)
posted by jragon at 12:39 PM on October 14, 2003

some articles floating around recently about how telemarketers may begin calling mobile telephones, as number portability becomes an option in the USA. In tune with publicizing phone numbers, I plan on not only busting them for calling it by making sure my mobile number is valid on the Do Not Call registry, but I'm sending the bill for my mobile phone, itemized, to every telemarketer to pay for the calls they made to me.
posted by djspicerack at 12:55 PM on October 14, 2003

Call me Mr. Schadenfreude, but I'm actually looking forward to when telemarketers begin harrassing cell phone users.
posted by eastlakestandard at 1:02 PM on October 14, 2003

Maybe if I could legally license the use of my personal information (you know, *facts* about me) to marketers and get paid for it, I'd sing a different tune. However, the fact that these companies claim ownership rights to my demographic data and have a free speech right to sell it for a profit makes me stand behind the cliche "What's good for the goose is good for the gander."

Let them choke on their own methods.
posted by infowar at 1:18 PM on October 14, 2003

I just wish the bastards would target their marketing better. I mean, look at amazon. It's gotten to the point where it recommends me products I actually physically bought in other stores. Getting inundated with offers for stuff I actually want isn't so bad - it's just when it's poorly targeted (like the wine store ads I've seen on cartoon network) that it's really annoying.
posted by Veritron at 1:24 PM on October 14, 2003

it's just really annoying anyway. you have goods and services? your job is to wait until i a need or desire arises in me and i request them. you reach out and pester me, i guaranfuckingtee you i ain't buying it from you.
posted by quonsar at 2:04 PM on October 14, 2003

hmmm... an opinion columnist (from the New York Post, no less) calling someone else a dilettante?
posted by coolgeek at 9:01 PM on October 14, 2003

Agreed coolgeek. The NyPost guy was an ass.
posted by nofundy at 4:57 AM on October 15, 2003

Veritron, yeah that is the problem, their so called targeting is as wide as spammers. I don't need any penisenlargments etc. DM and Telemarketing always offers me what I least want. Amazon never recommends me anything I'd actually want, unless I already had it for years. Keep adding "have it" and voila, it'll show that product to me tomorrow again. Best is that it shows me PC games, I only drive *nix and mac.
posted by dabitch at 5:28 AM on October 15, 2003

Yeah, the NYPost columnist, to me, was an example of this formerly witty and poignant strategy being dragged into a mundane tit-for-tat slapfest. Tina Fey's version was, I thought, back to the high standard - more subtle, funnier, based on a more important example, and not motivated by one's own personal involvement. But the point is, now anyone can, and will, do this. And to prepare for the onslaught, I say we should have a verb ready.

...Anybody? Anybody?
posted by soyjoy at 7:22 AM on October 15, 2003

I smell a technological arms race brewing similar to spammers vs. spamblockers and RIAA vs. filesharers. In the future, all telemarketing calls will come from payphones in Eastern Europe and untracable numbers in Thailand.
posted by straight at 7:36 AM on October 15, 2003

Tim Wise at has done the same with David Chang's 866 number after the release of Ghettopoly, previously discussed here. Not that we couldn't get Mr. Chang's number elsewhere, but when you deliberately put it up for people to call, that usually gets the blood flowing.

I can say I find this trend amusing - and wait for one of the MeFites to come up with a term for "barrying"
posted by djspicerack at 9:00 AM on October 15, 2003

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