I think Brian is saying: Woah woah woah, back off with your demands, email. Whoever is sending this to me is essentially warning me they are a problem in my life.
He might be right. But context matters! If it’s spam or spam-like, meh, who cares, take steps to not get email from that source again. If it’s a real email, then it’s the power dynamic that matters.
- If you get an ACTION REQUIRED email from someone who does not hold the power dynamic over you, then, screw ’em. They don’t get to tell you what to do and when. If they do, then you have that dynamic wrong.
- If you get an ACTION REQUIRED email from someone who holds the power dynamic over you, then that’s something they get to do. They are telling you they need something, as opposed to this just being an informational image. If you hate it, which is understandable, then you might be in a toxic situation or just one that you don’t want to be involved in anymore.