- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Scribner; 1 edition (October 20, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416576738
- ISBN-13: 978-1416576730
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,640,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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"[A] thoughtful and provocative book."--"Seattle Times"
"E-mail is eating us alive . . . Luckily for us [John Freeman] has a solution."--"Chicago Tribune"
"An elegant self-help book. . . . Freeman uses lush prose and invokes examples from great literature to make his points. He comes at things not from a giddy utopian perspective that permeates most writing about technology but from a humanist one. It makes the book refreshing and powerful."--"Boston Globe"
"A book with a title this bold and provocative . . . requires an airtight and compelling case to back it up. To keep us reading, the book must also inform and entertain. John Freeman . . . delivers on all counts."--"The Oregonian"
"We live in a culture devoted to technology, and yet most of us cannot find the time to consider its history or its consequences. John Freeman has made the time, and has thought carefully about how we have gotten here.... Freeman knows his history, and he offers an engaging account of the evolution of correspondence."--"Bookforum"
"Freeman offers up fascinating trivia . . . [and] makes a persuasive case that e-mail has at once corroded epistolary communication and strangled workplace productivity."--"The New Yorker"
"[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