Robocalling America

Posted by on Oct 18, 2008 in Uncategorized | 3 Comments


Regular readers will know how much we like all things robotic and how fascinating and revealing the interaction between human and machines is (about both).

But this practice surely ranks as an abuse of the technology: imagine you answer the phone to hear a recorded voice saying…

"Hello. I'm calling for John McCain and the RNC. You need to know that Barack Obama has    
    worked closely with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, whose organisation bombed the US Capitol,         the Pentagon, a judge's home and killed Americans" [from the Guardian]
Leaving aside the interruptive aspect of cold-calling (something I thought we'd learned to avoid…) and the automated nature of the call (again, why would that be a good idea? I've had at least one such call every day I've worked from home the Bank of Desperado and their friends recently, offering me loans to pay off my supposed debts), I struggle to see how this counts as honest, decent or fair. Or something we want to teach non-democratic nations?

Might this be another case of needing a touch of that nasty regulation stuff…?
Even the Rumour Warriors at WOMMA might agree, I reckon

BONUS: Letterman challenges Sen McCain on his connections here


  1. writechicpress
    October 18, 2008

    Sen. Bernie Sanders discussed this last night on Bill Maher. The senator asks people to consider the America these divisive politics will bear out…
    If Obama wins, a portion of the population believes a terrorist cohort is in the White House. If McCain wins, the other portion is livid…McCain will be a lame duck before he’s even inaugurated.
    How McCain can hire the same robocall people that slimed him in 2000 with lies about an illegitimate black baby is incredible.
    Oh, and thanks for the link!

  2. Helge Tennø
    October 20, 2008

    McCain defends his robocalls here, not sure I’m convinced though :o)

  3. Mark
    October 20, 2008

    Thanks, both.
    Helge – are you at Mediaforum this week?