Page 143 REFLECTIONS Duane Corpis For many of us, e-mail generally has the feel of a tidal wave â too many messages ï¬ood our electronic mailboxes and leave us feeling as if we are drowning in the very technological medium that originally promised to make life easier, more efï¬cient, and instantaneous. The nature of e-mail efï¬ciency has transformed the practice of letter writing. Too often we substitute the short, spontaneous, stripped-down electronic message for more deliberate, thoughtful, and (ultimately) expressive forms of interpersonal written communications. But despite the feeling of drowning in e-mails, few of us working in the academy today could accomplish our tasks without electronic communication. This dependence on cybertechnology unveils yet one more way in which institutions that at ï¬rst seem shielded from capitalism and the market, including the university, actually participate in a corporatized framework that informs the everyday practices of all those who work within those institutions. We have in part integrated e-mail into our lives because it promises us greater workplace productivity, even if the constant deluge of messages that we receive on a daily basis frequently erodes that productivity. How refreshing it was for me, then, to read the e-mail correspondence
Radical History Review – Duke University Press
Published: Apr 1, 2002
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