The Benefits of Email
This paragraph is of particular interest to me. He mentions a number of the benefits of e-mail as a platform. There are a few others I'd add:
- It's a mature platform,
- It lends itself naturally to more long form writing (something that social media and text messages do not).
I still quite like the idea of writing a letter, or something similar to a letter, that takes some time to compose and contains more than just the most immediately relevant little snippet of information. You have to be reflective to write something like that, contemplative and retrospective to include the detail of a number of points or events. I think this is something of a lost art.
There are pitfalls to using email, too:
- It is not, by default, secure,
- It is the most widely adopted method of transmitting spam and innumerable scams,
- It requires a little savvy to use it safely (it's a little like a web browser in this respect).
I think there's something to be gained in writing to your friends or family in a form that provides something more to digest than a LOL and a smiley poop. I'm going to make a little more effort to write to people in the coming months.