The Tyranny of E-mail The Four-Thousand-Year Journey to Your Inbox

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-01-11
  • Publisher: Scribner
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There's no question that e-mail is an incredible phenomenon that represents a kind of cultural and technological advancement. The first e-mail was sent less than forty years ago; by 2011, there will be 3.2 billion e-mail users. The average corporate worker now receives upwards of two hundred e-mails per day. The flood of messages is ceaseless and follows us everywhere.InThe Tyranny of E-mail, John Freeman takes an entertaining look at the unrelenting nature of correspondence through the ages. Put down your smart phone and consider the consequences. As the toll of e-mail mounts, reducing our time for leisure and contemplation and separating us in an unending and lonely battle with the overfull inbox, John Freemanone of America's preeminent literary criticsenters a plea for communication that is more selective and nuanced and, above all, more sociable.

Author Biography

John Freeman is an award-winning writer and book critic who has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and The Wall Street Journal. Freeman won the 2007 James Patterson PageTurner Award. He is the editor of Granta and lives in New York City and London.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Words In Motionp. 23
The Invention of Nowp. 61
All Together Nowp. 86
This is your Brain On E-mailp. 134
Dawn of the Machinesp. 159
Manifesto for a Slow Communication Movementp. 190
Don't Sendp. 204
Selected Bibliographyp. 223
Acknowledgmentsp. 229
Indexp. 233
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