Tarry for the Nonce

December 15, 2005

I Was Looking Through My Address Book . . .

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 1:31 pm

I had very mixed reactions to the inSPOTLA.org:

Los Angeles County health officials on Wednesday unveiled a controversial tool to fight the spread of HIV and other diseases: a website that helps send anonymous e-mail warning people that they might be infected.

Through the website, inSPOTLA.org, users can send a free, unsigned electronic postcard with a standard message or a personal note, thus avoiding an awkward conversation that many people would rather not have . . .

But some say the e-cards are an insensitive way to inform people of unpleasant or even alarming news . . . Others worry that the online tool could be ripe for abuse by pranksters.

I would surely be concerned about the last two, but I would think that people would rather know than not. Nonetheless, I was appalled by the lack of sensitivity of some of the ecards, which start with phrases like “You are too hot to be out of action” and “It’s not what you brought to the party. It’s what you left with”.

Ha ha. I’m sure the recipient will be rolling in the aisles.



  1. In reading the cards, I’m not sure that they were meant to be humorous.

    Sure, there are downsides to this. But it seems to me, at first glance, the pluses outweigh the drawbacks.

    Comment by Howard R — December 15, 2005 @ 2:40 pm

  2. I won’t disagree, inasmuch as the sooner an infected individual is aware of their condition, the better.

    I just thought the wording was in bad taste.

    Comment by laura — December 16, 2005 @ 7:54 am

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