Saturday 9 November 2013

E-mail - dark social media? I think not...

Yesterday evening, I had the privilege of engaging in a thought-provoking discussion with Alan Carr on the pervasive use of email in teaching and day-to-day communication.

I won't repeat my views and opinions via email here, but you can read them over at Scitable:

  1. My hypothesis: e-mail is evil and deserves to die!
  2. Problems with email….. I appear to have touched a nerve...
  3. What is wrong with e-mail? Can it be fixed?
  4. What is wrong with e-mail? Can it be fixed? - The Programmers
  5. What is wrong with e-mail? Can it be fixed? - The Receiver and the dreaded FYI
  6. What is wrong with e-mail? Can it be fixed? - The Receiver and meta-data
  7. What is wrong with e-mail? Can it be fixed? - The Sender
  8. What is wrong with e-mail? Can it be fixed? - My battle to get e-mail working again - some tips and suggestions

Needless to say, I am not a fan of email... (as you may be able to guess from some of the above post titles).

Despite being overseas, I was determined to share my perspective on why email is problematic. Alan, a staunch advocate of email, graciously invited me to his session at SpotOn London 2013. I prepared a compelling video, just in case our Skype connection failed, to underscore the severity of the email issue.