The Perils of E-Mail

This story — — aptly illustrates why e-mail is a blessing that can be a curse. With the push of a button, you can communicate to dozens, hundreds, thousands of people at once. If the message is a good one, and one you actually want to send, you save time, postage, and paper. If the message is ill-considered or a mistake, you can hurt feelings, incur liability, embarrass yourself, or, as occurred in this story, raise false hopes that must then be crushed. Snail mail may be old-fashioned, but does anyone think that this very unfortunate mistake would not have been caught if paper and postage had been used instead of e-mail?

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