Bob Geldof Can't Manage His Emails; Says No One Should Use Email
from the hello-mr.-luddite dept
Bob Geldof is likely a wonderful person who has tried to do quite a lot in the name of charity, raising all sorts of awareness on important issues. However, he seems to have a problem with the internet, and apparently wants us all to abandon it with him. Geldof, you may remember, was the guy who blamed eBay when some people tried to sell their Live 8 concert tickets earlier this year, saying that eBay (not the sellers) was “profiteering on the backs of the impoverished.” Now he’s turned his hatred towards email. It appears, according to him, that email is the cause of so many of our problems. He apparently has a problem managing his email. This isn’t a surprise. Certainly, a lot of people have problems managing their email. However, it’s a email management problem rather than a problem with email. Plenty of people learn how to manage their email effectively, but Geldof would rather that we all just stop using email. There’s a simple solution, of course. If Geldof stopped using email then he wouldn’t have to worry about it any more, and those of us who have figured out how to manage our emails can keep doing what we do. Update: There are some complaints in the comments that I’ve taken Geldof’s statements out of context. I’ve reread the article and don’t think I have, but everyone gets to make their own decision. Geldof was addressing the issue of getting work done, and noting that email can be distracting. That’s true. However, most of his comments don’t seem to focus on how it “can be” distracting, but how it “is” distracting and you shouldn’t do it. That’s an extreme position and seems to mix up (as I said originally) “email” with “email management.” It’s fine to suggest better email management, but he very clearly says: “don’t do email.” Not sure how to put that back into any context that makes it sound any better.