From Publishers Weekly
We've all experienced the tyranny of e–mail: the endless onslaught, the continual distraction, the superfluous messages clogging our inboxes. Freeman, acting editor of Granta
magazine, captures viscerally the buzzing, humming megalopolis that tunes into this techno-rave of send and receive, send and receive. And he draws effectively on psychological and social research to describe the harm this tsunami of e-mail is causing: fragmenting our days, fracturing our concentration, diverting us from other sources of information and face-to-face encounters. Freeman is best when he is on point. But when he drifts into history—granted, to make the salient point that this feeling of life speeding out of control overwhelmed people with the arrival of the railroad and the telegraph (though, strangely, he omits the telephone, our e-mail enabler)—he offers more postal and telegraphic details than most people will want and hammers his main points into the ground (e.g., we need to be needed, and receiving e-mail gratifies that need). But his closing manifesto for a slow communication movement could fuel an e-mail rebellion, and his tips on how to slow down are sensible and mostly doable, except perhaps for the most hard-core e-mail addicts. (Oct.)
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"[Freeman] brings the reader a fresh, intelligent look at email's infiltration into and influence over every aspect of 21st century life. . . . The Tyranny of E-mail serves as an engaging reality check."--The Daily Beast