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Send: Email Ethics

May 21, 2007

In Send: the essential guide to email in the office and home, Dave Shipley of NY Times Op Ed addresses various aspects of emailing., some of which include 1) How to construct a good subject line 2) How to not send emails when we shouldn’t 3) the pitfalls of BCC 4) emotion and emails.
Suprpisingly, he offers some wisdom about this quotidian practice. He suggests we should ask ourselves “Do I really need to send this email?” He exhorts us: “Think before you send.”  Citing Bob Geldof, he remarks: “It gives you the illusion of progress when nothing is taking place.”

Also consider the Decivilizing dimensions of email.

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