E-mail and Public Discourse

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“E-mail doesn’t just collapse distance, it demolishes all boundaries” (Leonard 233). The author of “We’ve Got Mail-Always” explains that e-mail can be “either a blessing or a curse”(Leonard 233). Does e-mail have positive or negative impact on personal and public discourse? Many people may say that it affects discourse negatively. Most people, however, agree that e-mail is a very common, cheap and quick form of communication which enables them to fulfill their social need of interaction. People at different age and different education or social level have their own e-mail accounts and they communicate with others electronically way very often. E-mail has positive impact on personal and public discourse. E-mail has positive influence on public and private discourse because many people are more open and honest while writing e-mail than during face-to-face conversation. Andrew Leonard learned that “e-mail also flattens hierarchies within the bound of an office. It is far easier, Shreve notes, to make suggestion to your superiors and colleagues via e-mail than it is to do so in a pressure-filled meeting room” (qtd. in Leonard 231). Moreover, Barry Diller, who is CEO of US Networks, says: “I’m much more intimate and personal in e-mail than I am anywhere else” (qtd. in Schwartz 237). E-mail is a great tool in expressing oneself better during a discussion. Shreve adds, “Any time you have something to say, e-mail can make it easier” (qtd. in Leonard 231). There are people who are sh...
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