The Black Hole of Email

Resource Author:  Nathan Zeldes
Resource Date:  03/15/2018
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One major issue is that everybody uses email, and email creates multiple “black holes” – isolated, locked repositories that email disappears into, never to be seen again, forever outside the reach of people who need it.

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Email, Digital Photography, and the Hole in our Historical Record

Resource Author:  Nathan Zeldes
Resource Date:  04/30/2017
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Five millennia of written record are about to grind to a halt. The fault, of course, is with our marvelous digital inventions: email, instant messaging, social media, and so on. So much better than a posted letter on paper, or papyrus, or parchment, or clay – as fast as an electric current or radio wave, cheap, reliable… but totally ephemeral. Clay tablets survive for millennia; paper can, absent major disaster, stay legible for many centuries. Email disappears, most of it as soon as you hit DELETE, but even the rest, the messages you archive in folders, will not survive for more than a decade or two.

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EDITORIAL: Information overload

Resource Date:  01/05/2016
Resource Name:  The Guardian
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There’s no doubt about it. As Opposition Leader Jamie Fox suggests, Premier Wade MacLauchlan is trying to confuse the issue about deleted e-mail accounts relating to the e-gaming controversy

In a year-end interview, the premier suggested he might release the names of 2,500 former public servants whose email accounts were retired when they left the public service since 2007.

The premier hinted that since the Opposition kept harping about missing emails, its wish might just come true, but not quite what it expected.

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Quit Social Media. Your Career May Depend on It.

Resource Author:  Cal Newport
Resource Date:  11/19/2016
Resource Name:  New York Times
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I’m a millennial computer scientist who also writes books and runs a blog. Demographically speaking I should be a heavy social media user, but that is not the case. I’ve never had a social media account.

At the moment, this makes me an outlier, but I think many more people should follow my lead and quit these services. There are many issues with social media, from its corrosion of civic life to its cultural shallowness, but the argument I want to make here is more pragmatic: You should quit social media because it can hurt your career.

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An Easy Way to Get Responses from People Who Never Answer Your Emails

Resource Author:  Heather Yamada-Hosley
Resource Date:  11/29/2016
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A key part of writing an email that gets a response from your busy coworkers is formatting. Here’s the format you should use to make it easier to get the information you need in the time you need it.

Whether your colleagues are flooded by emails, busy with meetings, only answer part of your email, or are simply lazy, Kat Boogaard, writing at The Muse, gives an example of the format you should use to get a quick response.

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NHS email blunder clogs up system after message sent to 840,000 employees

Resource Author:  Henry Bodkin
Resource Date:  11/14/2016
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The NHS email system ground to a halt on Monday after a “test” message was mistakenly sent to more than 840,000 employees.

Hundreds of curious staff immediately began hitting “reply to all”, flooding servers with more email traffic in one morning than the system usually copes with in a month.

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Really? Most Americans don’t suffer information overload

Resource Author:  Garry Robins
Resource Date:  12/09/2016
Resource Name:  San Diego Union-Tribune
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Wait, can this be right?

A new report from the Pew Research Center says that most Americans do not suffer from information overload — even though many of us frequently say otherwise.

Only 20 percent of the 1,520 people surveyed by Pew in April said they feel overwhelmed, compared to 27 percent who were asked the same question in 2006.

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Is it time you had a digital detox? Five top tips on stepping away from the online world

Resource Author:  Lucy Roue
Resource Date:  11/20/2016
Resource Name:  Manchester Evening News
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Information overload has become part of modern day life, but it isn’t always possible to power down and zone out.

Just a few decades ago, hardly any of us had access to the technology we do today, but now on average we spend up to 12 hours a day transfixed by digital devices and technology.

75% of us are using mobile phones, and over a billion humans are just a few clicks from being friends on Facebook. At the push of a button or swipe of a screen, we communicate, share and create with nearly anyone, anytime, anywhere.

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Whoever Wins the White House, This Year’s Big Loser Is Email

Resource Author:  Farhad Manjoo
Resource Date:  10/19/2016
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Every four years, pundits race to anoint this or that newfangled tech trend as the next disruptive force to forever alter the mechanics of American democracy. The 2016 campaign has already been called the Snapchat election, the Periscope election, the Meerkat election, the Twitter election, the Facebook election and the meme election. (If there were a vomit emoji, I’d insert one here. And then we’d have the emoji election.)

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Living in an easily influenced age

Resource Author:  Drew Temple
Resource Date:  10/20/2016
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“It is wise to persuade people to do things and make them think it was their own idea.” — Nelson Mandela

At a recent West Virginia University Academic Media Day, Dr. Elizabeth Cohen, an assistant professor with the department of communication studies, presented research regarding social media and its effect on the 2016 presidential campaign season.

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