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Is That Email Really Necessary? Really?

The story goes that at a company named Atros, the management was convinced that employees were wasting vast amounts of time doing email. So they flat-out banned all email. The result? Email use dropped by 20 percent.  And that was with a ban!

I wouldn’t believe this entirely because I can’t find a company named Altos unless I count a car garage I came across, and that hardly seems like the type of business that has email problems.  Or email at all.

I do tend to believe, though, because of the evidence of my own senses.  Don’t even count spam. There’s all those “humorous” emails that friends and relatives pass on to me without even the effort to say “Hi.” It’s simply a matter of being able to click “Forward” quickly and having a mailing list devoted to jokes.


Now, is this cute? Or is this the enemy?

And don’t get me started on pictures of dogs and cats and startled chipmunks–although you got to admit, some of those little kittens can be awfully darn cute! There’s this one I saw that…. Never mind. I’ll just send you a copy.

And there are all the newletters and other feeds for which I have only myself to blame. For some reason at various times I thought it would be interesting to receive regular information on the world of rare earth magnets, electroluminescent string, fjord cruises, the latest trends in typography, how to find edible wild mushrooms, how to treat mushroom poisoning, advances in treatment of restless leg syndrome, and anytime an MG-T series is advertised for sale.

But I don’t have to convince you, do I? You’re in the same pickle.  We all are. That’s why we should all print out and pin to the wall this infographic created by In fact, you should email a copy to all your contacts. Should I read this email?

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