Email #38, Subject: email verification?

I notice you have a new email verification program on your contact page. In addition to the “I’m not a robot” check box, which you added in December, you now have a photo grid and question program–the most complicated verification I’ve ever seen on any website. That’s two new traffic-controlling features in less than a month. Why is that exactly? Have you been receiving more emails lately? As I said when you added the first feature, I am not a robot. My emails are not spam. I research and write each one myself, based on no templates and prompted by no political organization. I am a single, concerned citizen, questioning my representative. My emails are personal. The election of Donald Trump radically altered my understanding of and concern for the state of U.S. politics. Where before the election, I barely knew your name, title, or even the parameters of my own voting district which you represent, you now have my full attention. If your verification programs are any indication, I am not alone.  Virginia’s 6th district is paying attention to you, and the U.S. public is paying attention to the entire Republican party.  The election changed us.  The voting majority lost in November. That will not happen again.

Chris Gavaler

Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University, comics editor of Shenandoah, and series editor of Bloomsbury Critical Guides in Comics Studies. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and six books of scholarship: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2021), and The Comics Form (Bloomsbury forthcoming). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, and other journals.

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