J-Schoolers and other assorted graduate students, please stop clogging our inbox with shit like this, especially if you don't know our name or plan on getting us drunk beforehand. Thanks.

What are we bitching about, you ask? This:

To Whom It May Concern:

Our names are Kristin McCasland and Chris Troutman. We are graduate students in the Mass Communications Department at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. We are studying ethics and the impact they have on the media industry. We are conducting research on blogging and ethics. We are trying to see how the blogging community feels about adhering to a code of ethics like traditional journalists. If you could complete the attached 10-question survey by Tuesday, April 15, 2008 we would greatly appreciate it. [This was sent to us on 4/15/08, by the way.]

Here is the link:

Thank you for your time.

Kristin McCasland
Chris Troutman

Aside from the gross assumption that traditional journalists adhere to a code of ethics, we don't have the time to tell Krisin and Chris why blogs will ruin the world, why the smell of old books will always reign supreme, or...whatever. That , and we stopped reading at "Are you a trained journalist?" and couldn't go on with the survey. But maybe you, dear SFist reader, can fill out the questionnaire for us? (Sure, it's well past the deadline, but any truly smart student knows how to wield the power of an extension.)