Essay about 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.
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in Schwartz 237). Before sending an e-mail, a person can always review and rewrite it, thus positively changing personal and public discourse.
Furthermore, e-mail has positive impact on public discourse in that people can develop themselves by communicating with other people. Newsgroups, another function of the internet, is able create a community. People gathering in front of their computer and writing messages about a particular subject exchange their knowledge and experience. “If you have something to say about that topic, you e-mail your comment to a central computer, which then forwards it to everyone else on the list. If they have something to add, they can either respond to you privately or send another message back to the central computer” (Parsons 250). Some people want to share what they know; others want to learn about something or both just want to express their feelings and thoughts. These communities are just like others. Parsons says, “We grieved for a friend we’d lost and knew that our little community had been changed forever” (253). E-mail is also a very common form of communication among coworkers. Leonard mentions “For decades, programmers have used e-mail to collaborate on projects. With increasing frequency, this collaboration is accruing across company lines, and often without even the spur of commercial incentives.” (233). Such collaboration improves communication between coworkers even if they are far away from each