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 assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University where he teaches creative writing, contemporary fiction, and comics. He has published two novels, Pretend I'm Not Here (HarperCollins 2002) and School For Tricksters (Southern Methodist University 2011), and two nonfictions, On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa University 2015) and Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury forthcoming 2017).

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