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[REBOL] Re: Why I Blast Email

From: Carl:rebol at: 11-Jul-2003 13:55

Good comments. Thanks for sharing them. As you know, I don't usually state my opinions in public like this. Not my policy. So you know this one is a sore spot. Email is next to useless for me, and I don't use the telegraph either. Don't get me wrong. Email has its place for "general delivery", just as postal snailmail has its place. We still get and send postal mail. We still get and send email. New mediums usually don't replace the old ones. Eg. TV did not replace radio, VCR's did not replace movie theaters, etc. etc. There are a few exceptions. The telegraph is dead (although Morse code lives on, if you are a shortwaver). Also, I don't think the comments made about the problems of chat-based interactive environments are totally valid. In IOS (AltME, Groove, and other systems too) you can read offline and persistent messages work nicely for that "diverse geographic spread" (the time zone "sleep" factor). Granted, some systems still need to get offline posting capabilities, but I think that's a minor job to do. Enjoyable dicussion tho. A worthy topic. -Carl