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Friday, May 25, 2021

I’m afraid I can’t relate to the apparently growing number of on-the-gridders who are wholesale deleting all read and unread messages in their inboxes, in an effort to clear their personal-communications deck:

The term “e-mail bankruptcy” may have been coined as early as 1999 by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who studies the relationship between people and technology…

Some people who don’t want to go through the drastic-seeming measure of declaring total bankruptcy say they are trying to gently discourage the use of e-mail in their communications in favor of more personal calls or instant messages.

I simply don’t get an overwhelming number of emails. I guess I’m not enough of a wired mogul, or incessant e-chatterer.

What I found most interesting about this article: Not once was the spam issue ever raised. I was expecting that to be, if not the thrust of the movement, then at least a contributor. But no one, from Lawrence Lessig on down, even mentioned it. That means all these people are getting overwhelmed by (supposedly) legitimate email that’s coming their way. Just think if their spam filters weren’t working!

This indicates that the crisis over email spam has subsided, by the way. It’s still getting sent, but it’s no longer an overriding concern for the average person. Aside from the limited number of false-positives that slip through, it seems the filtering technology is keeping up with it. For now.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 05/25/2007 03:45:38 PM
Category: Tech
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