3GSM Embraces Bluespam and Porn

As the mobile world gathers today at Barcelona in preparation for the 3GSM onslaught, I’ve had a couple of dodgy experiences from the show organisers, who really ought to know better.

Firstly, when I was standing in line for registration, I was consistently urged to accept a Bluetooth message from “3GSM”. I’m assuming this was genuine, rather than a clever way of spreading a mobile virus – mainly as hackers probably haven’t thought about it yet. But what a perfect way this would be to spread nasties among the thought leaders in mobile.

I’m not even going to grace this technique with the description of “marketing” as it’s clearly spamming the recipient – I have not given consent to be contacted in this way and asking me¬†politely if I want to be spammed doesn’t make it acceptable – the first invitation is already spam.

It’s incredibly disingenuous to argue that because I have my Bluetooth switched on, I have consented to be spammed like this. It’s like saying that because I have a computer I consent to get spam email, or that because I’m crossing a road, I consent to being run over.

Very, very disappointing to see the organisers condoning such a squalid practice.

Talking¬†of squalid, our booth (which doesn’t come cheap) is right opposite an “adult” content provider, meaning the view today is of a picture of a woman, legs akimbo,¬†wearing a micro-skirt. If your knowledge of female biology was a little sketchy, it wouldn’t be after a glimpse over there.

I don’t wish to be prurient about these things, but it doesn’t take a genius to work out that some people, for whatever reason, would find this very embarrassing and/or offensive. It might be well within the value systems of the sellers of such content, but it shouldn’t give them the right to inflict these value on others. I mean, my value system says that vomiting over other people in booths near me is cool. That doesn’t mean that I would do it or should be allowed to for that matter.

So surely,¬†adult stuff¬†should be¬†given their own section of the show? Firstly, it would spare the blushes of those who don’t wish to see this kind of thing. Secondly, it would make adult content easier to find for potential buyers.

And the organisers’ position that it conforms to their guidelines, because the young lady in question was “clothed” just doesn’t hack it.

I’m not a prude by any means and this isn’t really about porn – it’s about respecting other people.

So, please, next year, let’s put the adult content in its own quarter and stop Bluespamming people!

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