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17 February 2009 @ 06:12 am
Spam Spam Spam Spam . . .  
Over the last couple of weeks I've started getting a lot of Spam about job opportunities in CHRISTIAN companies and the like. I don't recall seeing this . . . preoccupation before. Anybody have a theory about that? Do you think it's a response to anything or just a new tactic meme?
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Both, And...polyfrog on February 17th, 2009 12:50 pm (UTC)
I was getting that sort for a while...probably just goes in waves.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Schrödinger's Musicianfredcritter on February 18th, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
In waves? So . . . Leviathan is getting restless? Uh oh....
Roxannermeidaking on February 17th, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
It's an In Group that's easy to join. If you've always wanted to be in the In Crowd, but never quite were able, now you can! It's a Bandwagon thing, in AdvertisingSpeak - and scary as hell, if you ask me.
Fred A Levy Haskell: alien guy closeupfredcritter on February 18th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I was thinking maybe it had something to do with a recent political setback that certain groups experienced and are apparently very concerned about.
Scott Raunsraun on February 17th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
We keeping getting Christian Loan spam - iraunink wants to know how many Christians they'll loan us, and at what interest rate?
Larry Sanderson: Bleeding Heartlsanderson on February 17th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
It's always nice to have a few spare around -- if you've got lions to feed! ;-)
guppiecatguppiecat on February 17th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
I've found many Christians to be fairly disinterested, actually.

At least, in what I have to say.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Can't sleep . . .fredcritter on February 18th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
I was under the impression that they're not allowed to collect interest.
guppiecatguppiecat on February 17th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
I think it's a response to a general lack of trust in the job market. There is a tendency for people to advertise jobs as "the boss is/we are Christian, and make a big deal out of it, so clearly we can be trusted".

I find this interesting, because I have personally dealt with two organizations that advertised themselves this way, and both of them proved to be highly untrustworthy and (IMO) unethical. My father fell prey to one as well, a few years back. In contrast, my current employer has some very Christian people at the executive level. They're Christian to the point where we actually have a moment of prayer before we eat at the company social gatherings. However, they have NEVER advertised themselves as a Christian organization, and they are the most ethical bosses I've ever had.

Take from that what you will.
cantkeepsilent on February 17th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
I wonder if there isn't a socio-political element as well, a desire to testify that there are still "traditionally valued" companies to contrast with all of those sinister gay-hugging companies like Google. [/sarcasm] I agree with a previous comment that this sort of wave is scary, but I can well imagine that the inevitable march of progress is even scarier to them. So their counter-demonstration is "We're here, we're hiring, get used to it!"

Even as a Christian, I agree with you that this sort of appeal raises more suspicion than confidence. I have lived through a generation of highly publicized scandals of prominent religious and religiously-aligned political leaders, and my experience has been that the main "Christian" ideals of these entities has been social reactionaryism and a quickness to forgive ... the indiscretions of the Great Leader when they are exposed to the public. It's a pity that many of the folks who are the best exemplars of Christian ideals are among the ones who are least likely to proclaim that their virtue is a religious discipline.
Gen IIthe_leewit on February 17th, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
Aw, shit. I knew when they elected Pope Palpatine, Vatican City'd start recruiting to take back the Holy Land...
Fred A Levy Haskell: D'oh! on a blackboardfredcritter on February 18th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
Uh oh. You're right. It's a Secret Recruiting Effort. Run for the hills!
sethb on February 18th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
Are they real companies or just the usual ripoff spam with another hook to fool people into thinking they're legitimate? (Mostly I get Muslim charities, apparently wanting to rip off people who think they can rip off the "charity".)
Fred A Levy Haskell: anonymous f----------fredcritter on February 18th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
I have no idea--they go unread into the "spam" file and are deleted.