> They are now used for mainly one purpose- for companies to market their full peacock feathers above & beyond the message. Which is text.
And like anything else, they are abused by people that want to abuse them. All the while quite a few of us are using it for work related activities.
I routinely copy from statistical software that will copy tables out in tabular format that I can share with colleagues -- I could put it into excel or PDF or convert it to a picture and attach, but in the end, I simply want to convey tabular results that are easy to read.
Quite often I will highlight a portion of someone's message when quoting it -- I try to only quote the relevant portions, but sometimes you might not want to repeat yourself.
That said, I disable all beacons and third party images. I don't allow my messages to respond back at all. These are aspects that should be removed -- my old boss gots angry occasionally that he couldn't see when I read my emails or would accuse me of not reading them. Nope. Not going to turn it on.
You can have all the things you hate without getting marketed to