My cable TV and Internet provider (Charter Communications) just spammed my home phone with a recorded message to advertise their On Demand channel. This kind of stuff is totally unacceptible. Just because it’s legal does not mean that you must do it — there is no “advertising imperative” that says that just because you can spam someone’s phone that you inevitably must. (The do-not-call list does not apply in this case because I have an existing business relationship with Charter, by being their customer. That’s a big loophole in my opinion — I get enough phone spam and unwanted calls from Bellsouth, Charter and various charities, all of which can legally call me as much as they want, to barely notice that the do not call list exists.)
Message to companies that want to keep their customers: don’t use my home phone for your recorded advertising. Just don’t do it. When the urge hits you, go take a cold shower and remember that respect for other people is not necessarily mutually exclusive with concern for the bottom line. Maybe there are cases where you could make a dollar but just shouldn’t do it… I mean, prostitution is legal in Nevada, so shouldn’t Charter be operating a few brothels, since it can?