Shrinking the World: The 4,000 Year Story of How Email Came to Rule Our Lives

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Text Publishing Company, May 16, 2010 - History - 30 pages
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Shrinking the World is the story of a revolution: how technology has shaped the way we communicate, think and live.

The first email was sent less than four decades ago; by 2011 there will be 3.2 billion people using email. But as our addiction to email mounts, has our time for leisure and contemplation diminished? We may be more connected, but are we more isolated?

Shrinking the World explores how various technologies-the telegram, newspapers, railway networks and, yes, email-have changed everything, from the nature of military intelligence to the way we compose a love letter.

If you check your email in bed, mid-conversation, or at the dinner table; if you share three meals a day with your computer, Shrinking the World will make you shutdown, switch off and reconnect.

'Impeccably researched, eloquently argued.' Geraldine Brooks

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User Review  - pessoanongrata - LibraryThing

a vanilla complaint about the problem of civilization; freeman shanks us to death with polite nudges, slays us with affable hints and 'histories' of communication...lets us down gently that we've all ... Read full review

THE TYRANNY OF E-MAIL: The Four-Thousand-Year Journey to Your Inbox

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A cool yet unreserved manifesto against the drug-like, numbing consequences of e-mail correspondence and the alienating paradox at the heart of our so-called "connected" online lives.It's when e-mail ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

John Freeman is an award-winning writer and book critic who has written for a variety of publications, including the New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, People and the Wall Street Journal. Freeman won the 2008 James Patterson PageTurner award, and is the editor of Granta. He lives in New York City.

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