Technology has changed every aspect of our lives. This is evident, among other things, how we communicate using electronic medium. Typical example is how E-mails have transformed the way and ease in which we can send or receive information. Certainly, they have countless advantages over other medium. Nonetheless, they can easily be abused either intentionally, or through ignorance. Several incidences have been reported or documented by different sources, including media outlets where E-mails have either ruined people's marriages, careers and even landed some in jail. As we progress deeper into our careers or even academic ladder, it is inevitable that E-mail writing will be the order of the day. It is important to learn, not only how to click that mouse and send, but to understand the etiquettes of email writing. This is the aim of my essay; to explore the intricacies of the E-mail and how to win the war of illicit emails.
David Shipley, deputy editorial page editor and op-ed page editor of the New York Times, and Will Schwalbe, senior vice-president and editor-in-chief of Hyperion Books, have provided us with great resource in email writing. Their book Send: why people email so badly and how to do it better, starts with a script of emails from Michael Brown, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency during Hurricane Katrina, in which he was mocking his unfashionable FEMA attire, for example, during the worst days of the disaster (3).Here they illustrate the bad things that happen with emails and the consequences wrong emails .Similar sentiments are expressed by Nancy Flynn and Tom Flynn in their book, writing Effective E-mail: Improving your Electronic communication. Beside their excellent tips on mechanics and formats, they have cited several real life cases where emails have become a source of misery for many. An example is the following:
A young woman in England sent her boyfriend an e-love note complimenting him on an evening of passion. The woman’s message was so flattering her boyfriend decided to forward it to a half-dozen male friends employed by London-based law firms and banks with international offices. Those men in turn forwarded the love-struck woman’s letter to their friends and colleagues around the world. That very personal email ended up travelling to 10 million computer screens in London, Australia, Hong Kong and the United States. An International media sensation followed, with New York Times, Today show, and media outlets around the globe reporting the story, and the relentless London tabloids driving the mortified writer into hiding.(4)
When writing email, the key is comprehending the...