The Pain and Pleasure of E-Mail Essay by Ace writers

The Pain and Pleasure of E-Mail
An overview of the advantages and disadvantages of using e-mail.
# 47416 | 737 words | 1 source | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Feb 08, 2004 in Computer and Technology (Technology) , Communication (General)

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This paper examines today's use of e-mail and takes the stance that virtual communities are not a pale substitute for ?real? ones and that e-mail is not, in fact, simply a poor proxy for honest conversations, but provides the kind of organic solidarity that is an essential part of traditional societies. It shows how e-mail can provide fundamentally rewarding blessings, even as it also can bring with it, as can any form of human communication does, a number of curses.

From the Paper:

"There are certain disadvantages to this method, primary among them being that one gets between 50 and 100 separate emails each day from other list-members: This is a very high-volume list and sometimes the simple number of emails (even though they tend to be interesting and quite articulate and literary) can be overwhelming. This is certainly one of the curses of email: It can easily lead one to feel that one is indeed drowning in information. Even when one has invited that information into one's life, it is sometimes tempting simply to turn off one's computer and retreat to an era in which a family was lucky to have a handful of books."

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