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Shrinking the world : the 4000-year story of how email came to rule our lives

Author: John Freeman
Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. : Text Publishing, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The first email was sent less than forty years ago; by 2011 there will be 3.2 billion users. The flood of messages is ceaseless. As the toll of email mounts, reducing our time for leisure and contemplation, and separating us from each other in the lonely battle with the inbox, Freeman enters a plea for communication that is more selective and nuanced and, above all, more sociable. Drawing on the research of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Freeman
ISBN: 9781921520945 1921520949
OCLC Number: 424498137
Description: 247 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Words in motion --
The invention of now --
All together now --
This is your brain on e-mail --
Dawn of the machines --
Manifesto for a slow communication movement --
Don't send.
Other Titles: Tyranny of e-mail.
Responsibility: John Freeman.

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The first email was sent less than forty years ago; by 2011 there will be 3.2 billion users. The flood of messages is ceaseless. As the toll of email mounts, reducing our time for leisure and contemplation, and separating us from each other in the lonely battle with the inbox, Freeman enters a plea for communication that is more selective and nuanced and, above all, more sociable. Drawing on the research of linguists, scientists, critics and philosophers, Freeman's history of correspondence reveals how changing methods of communication have eroded the great distances between us.

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