The Tyranny of Email

The Tyranny of Email

The Four-thousand-year Journey to your Inbox

Book - 2009
Average Rating:
Rate this:
The award-winning editor of Granta magazine examines the astonishing growth of email - and how it is affecting people's lives, not always for the better. Drawing extensively on the research of linguists, behavioural scientists, cultural critics and philosophers, Freeman examines the way email is taking a mounting toll both on language and on social behaviour. He enters a plea for communication which is slower, more nuanced and - above all - more sociable.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2009.
ISBN: 9781416576730
Characteristics: 244 p. ; 23 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Apr 24, 2017

This book is entertaining, historically accurate, and excellent. 2 thumbs up!

Dec 30, 2016

As someone whose typical work day feels too much like treading water as I process hundreds of emails in addition to my regular work, I completely agree with John Freeman. But then I wonder, can anything be done to stop it? I fear, for better or worse, we're heading towards a future of instantaneous communication and all the expectations that come with it.

The Tyranny of E-mail is a fascinating history of communication in addition to a critical rant against email itself.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at PDL

To Top