Monday, June 15, 2009

Bad text messaging, e-mailing manners can be costly

Bad text messaging, e-mailing manners can be costly | By Ellen Wulfhorst - Thu Jun 11, 2009 5:57PM EDT | NEW YORK (Reuters) - "A political coup in New York's statehouse can be traced back to an incident in which a top lawmaker so enraged a wealthy backer by peering at e-mails on his BlackBerry that his patron engineered his ouster.
"One should not play with one's BlackBerry (or anything else) when billionaires who have helped elect you have traveled to your office to talk to you," Henry Stern, former head of New York City's parks department, wrote on a Yonkers Tribune blog.

So, not only can you wreck your car, you can also get sacked.

I'm a techie. I live by email and the 'Net. But there's one thing I've learned in nearly 30 years of geekdom; If it's truly important it's not going to be delivered via email, Twitter, Facebook or any other non-immediate form of communication. At least not yet.

The technology isn't advanced enough but, more importantly, the culture isn't ready either. When the teens of today grownup into the middle aged people of tomorrow their teens might, and I stress might be able to have and handle real time digital messaging.

I doubt it, though.
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