I've been thinking about email's death crawl. Surely it's on its way out as a daily communication tool, but the rate of its death seems to differ from person to person. Moving out of your head and your inbox, and into a more active communication with others is a healthier way to understand your relationships and the world.
Remember the days when you needed to drive a quick increase in signups, sales or downloads and you could simply send an email to your 'list'? While you still may be able to do this in some respects, all future trends lead to more and more control being snatched from marketers and placed in the hands (literally) of the customer.
We all need an email break. We check email when we wake up in the morning, 50 times during the day and again at night. We check email all of the time. In this episode of the Future in 5 I talk about some of the reasons why we have become addicted to email, and share some of the tips and techniques I use to avoid relying so heavily on email.
Your actions in this regard demonstrate an utter disregard for the law and the importance of being transparent. I hope you can admit to your error of judgement, supply the entire contents of that email server to an independent third party for analysis, and do your best in the future to recognize the gravity of all of your actions while you are representing we the people.
I often make plans with friends for a night in the future, and then as the day approaches, if there's been radio silence on the event, you start to wonder, is it still a date? Or you make what you thought were very "soft" plans with someone, only to be thrown off when they text "Where you are? We're here." You think, "But... I never got a confirmation! I didn't know it was actually happening."
Having spent years of her professional life embroiled, directly or indirectly, in politically-driven investigations she knows the importance of being in physical control of the evidence. But in failing to copy her emails to a dot-gov address when she was Secretary of State, she took her penchant for control a step too far.