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 英語エッセイクラスの最近のトピックだったE-mail についての
所見を載せることにしました。

“E-mail has overtaken us without our really understanding what it is.”

An e-mail message can be conveyed and understood by words,
and thus it is arbitrary or irresponsible. How it reads is entirely left
up to the receiver, who does not know how serious it is, in what
occasion the sender wrote it, or whether or not it is what the sender
really means.

On the other hand, our talk is not only exchanging information,
but it is also saying something about our relation or attitude toward
each other. Talking is the major way we establish, maintain,
monitor, and adjust our relationship.

E-mail ignores and lacks this aspect; people are emotionally
involved with each other. With this aspect neglected, we are
less and less conscious that we are social beings and that we
need to communicate/respond to social meanings, by which
we connect with each other.

Human beings need to be connected to others and also
need to be left alone. Our human contact is based on the
tacit recognition of these needs. Thus, we communicate
with each other politely, not irresponsibly. In other words,
we learn from our daily lives that we are social creatures as
well as individual creatures and what human contact should
be like.

E-mailing ignores social meanings, which implies that
the more accustomed to e-mail we are, the more oblivious
we are to other people's feelings and the more indifferent
we are about how we establish and maintain our relationship.

Receiving an e-mail message, the receiver interprets it
by the meanings of words. Possibly, his/her interpretation
contradicts what the sender means. However, the receiver
does not have enough time to think about it or reflect upon it
later because the next message is already on the screen.
The both sides, the sender and the receiver, think that
communication is done; actually nothing is done.

E-mail can be compared to copy. The invention of
copy machines brought about significant changes in our life.
Copying is convenient just like e-mailing. Copy machines
save us a lot of time to write. They cut out the process of
writing by hand. What does it mean? During the process
of writing, we can communicate with the writer on our mind,
think about what the writer means, and try to understand it.
It requires considerable time and efforts, but we think and
establish a kind of relationship with the writer. On the other
hand, during the process of copying, we need not think,
but just wait. When we read the copy once or twice, we think
that we understand it. That is an illusion. We just receive
information, but we never understand it. Copying stops us
from thinking. It does not give us enough time to stop and
think, nor does e-mailing.

E-mail requires drastic changes in our life without our
understanding what changes are being brought about.
The changes can endanger the nature of human contact,
making our communication superficial, making us insensitive
to other people's feelings, and making it hard for us to
establish and maintain an adequate relationship with each
other. Also, they force our ability to process information to
change. Information is flooding in, and we are forced to
process it as fast as possible. So when we read a message,
we think that we understand it. Do we really understand it?
No, that is an illusion. Our thought stops. But we cannot stop
because another message awaits us in the next moment. We
have to understand what e-mail really is and that e-mail has
serious implications for our life. Before being addicted to it,
stop and think about it. Once you accept it, you cannot think.

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