In praise of email

People keep predicting the death of email. Social networks are killing it, they say. Or text messaging is replacing it or spam makes it useless or the young disdain it. The death predictions go on and on.

At The Atlantic, Alexis C. Madrigal is having none of this. In an article, Email Is Still the Best Thing on the Internet, he says the funeral announcements are all wrong:

Yet, despite all the prognosticators predicting it will—choose the violence level of your metaphor—go out of style, be put out to pasture, or taken out back and shot, email grinds on.

He goes on to write:

Email is actually a tremendous, decentralized, open platform on which new, innovative things can and have been built. In that way, email represents a different model from the closed ecosystems we see proliferating across our computers and devices.

Email is a refugee from the open, interoperable, less-controlled “web we lost.” It’s an exciting landscape of freedom amidst the walled gardens of social networking and messaging services.

In my circles, email is certainly alive and well. How about you? Have texting, social sites, or something else replaced email?

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Quote of the week

The Internet from every angle has always been a house of cards held together with defective duct tape. It’s a miracle that anything works at all. Those who understand a lot of the technology involved generally hate it, but at the same time are astounded that for end users, things seem to usually work rather well.
—Blogger with pseudonym “insane coder”

The Internet then and the Internet now

Comparing the Internet now and as it was at first
Source: Re/Code

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