This absurdity has to end. Way too much money is being spent on stuff that is really subjecting people to torture. The plummeting cost of communication technology is playing into the hands of these demon marketers who carpet bomb us at will. The other contributing factor is the fact that direct marketing activities are outsourced to sweatshops that employ desperate, but completely unsuitable people to execute. Lost among all this is the fact that these tactics will put off a large number of people and increase irritation and disengagement among both customers and target prospects- two very important constituencies.