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Book Title: The Tyranny of E-mail: The Four-Thousand-Year Journey to Your Inbox|
ISBN 13: 9781416576730
The author of the book: John Freeman
Date of issue: October 20th 2009
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 12.44 MB
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Reader ratings: 5.5
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3.5 stars. The correct title of the book is just The Tyranny of Email, and even that title is a little strong. Freeman's not a Luddite, trying to extract humankind from the internet. He's trying to examine just how much the advent of email has affected the way we communicate, think, and feel.
I started reading this book while shopping for a new smartphone. While reading the first half of the book, which is mostly a history of written communication, I was ready to get a top-of-the-line smartphone with internet browsing, GPS navigation, and a laser beam that enables telepathic communication with God. Many of the reservations that I've had about email and texting - it's speeding up our lives too much, it's destroying the art of the letter - have all been said before, be it about the telegraph or even the typewriter. So big whoop. Jack me in.
But when I got into the meat of the second half, I was ready to close my Facebook account, my Goodreads account, and all my email accounts. Instead of looking at smartphones, I was looking at the Jitterbug phone. I won't spoil the book and try to explain all the different bad and really scary ways email has changed the way we think, but Freeman's bottom line is that we've let email get out of control. It shapes us more that we shape it, and we need to take up the reins.
Freeman ends the book with some advice on how to beat back the email so that you remain a little more human and a little less Borg. This part's a little cheesy, and it's one of the weaker parts of the book. But if email stresses you out and you're still capable of reading 231 pages of text, I recommend you check out Freeman's book. And get a Jitterbug phone before you are assimilated.
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John Freeman is an award-winning writer and book critic who has written for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and The Wall Street Journal. Freeman won the 2007 James Patterson Pageturner Award for his work as the president of the National Book Critics Circle, and was the editor of Granta from 2009 to 2013. He lives in New York City, where he teaches at NYU and edits a new literary biannual called Freeman's.