In the world of tomorrow, much of which is already here today, everything is a fad, everything is temporary, the God of Change rules.
Look how quickly mankind changed from writing letters to using the telephone to communicate. For nearly 100 years, the telephone became the instrument of choice for most people’s personal communication needs.
Writing, the art of communicating by paper and pen, was enhanced by the typewriter, which eventually gave way to the personal computer, which was enhanced by email.
Email. Is there a better way to write a letter by hand?
From the advent of the public internet in the mid-1990s, email has become the communication medium of choice. Email is mostly a love and hate relationship. We need it. It commands us. It’s dying.
Witness the last days of email.
Change comes quickly and slowly, depending on the circumstance, but make no mistake, we’re in the last days of email. Already I’ve reduced my email accounts to a handful; work, personal, web-based. I think before I send an email because I know I’ll get one back that must be answered, thereby increasing my own workload in some kind of digital multi-level communication cycle.
Guess what? The younger generation is in the midst of dumping email in favor of text messaging, instant messaging, condensing and compressing what could be fully formed email phrases into cryptic letters such as BFF, IDK, and ROTFLMAO.
What remains to be seen is the future. Will the young IM and text messaging rebels of today grow up into status quo mongering email writers of the future?
Email, we hardly knew ye. Long live email.