Working at the library allows me to see a constant stream of new books. I love browsing through the ever shifting array of interesting titles, and what’s not to love about this one:
The Tyranny of e-mail: The Four-Thousand-Year Journey to your Inbox, by John Freeman.
Of course I had to check it out!
The content of this book wasn’t really what I expected it to be, and yet I enjoyed it nonetheless – perhaps even more than if it had turned out to be what I expected. I thought it would be a tirade against the dominance of the inbox. Tyranny certainly makes no bones about email onslaught being a negative thing, however, instead of devoting time to complaining about it, Freeman devotes about a third of the book to discussing the rise of written communication – all the way from the first etchings on stone tablets, to the incredible growth of the internet. He then describes the current state of email tyranny, before going on to make a series of recommendations about how to free ourselves.
I would definitely recommend this book to those who are interested in communications. It would be an excellent addition or supplement to a Communications Studies 101 or General Studies 101 type of class.
Read Tyranny over the Christmas holidays, and return to work with new strategies for coping with deluges of e-mail!