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Some Assembly Required

Spake Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder, said “we don’t think a modern messaging system is going to be e-mail” when his company release its messaging platform (Inside Higher Ed). His statement implies the fact that email will be outdated soon. There are many factors that lead to the end of email, but the major one is its structure. In Domics’ Youtube video about Email, he points out through his demonstration video; it can take students hours to write an email because they do not know what to start with. They do not know how to address their professors so that sounds like “an email” but still reveals their personalities. Plus, since college students (younger generation) get used to text language so much, they felt awkward to write real language. The “formal idea” of writing an email also creates pressure upon students. Some of them actually give up on writing professor email. Behind grade, email seems to be a biggest problem to college students. In fact, Mr. Jones, a professor at the University of North Caroline who helped to write the first code for the university’s first e-mail program, admits that he gives up on email in 2011. Now to him, “email is like sinkhole where knowledge goes to die” (NY Times).

Portable Engelbart

“In such a future working relationship between human problem-solver and computer ‘clerk,’ the capability of the computer for executing mathematical processes would be used whenever it was needed. However, the computer has many other capabilities for manipulating and displaying information that can be of significant benefit to the human in nonmathematical processes of planning, organizing, studying, etc. Every person who does his thinking with symbolized concepts (whether in the form of the English language, pictographs, formal logic, or mathematics) should be able to benefit significantly.”

_ To those who knows how to use computer can get significant benefit by its mean of operating mathematical and nonmathematical processes.

 “ the human mind neither learns nor acts by large leaps, but by steps organized or structured so that each one depends upon previous steps.”

_ All things are happened by the sequences of steps which are dependable to each other.

I like both of these nuggets but the second one has relatively connection to my inquiry topic. Email is a previous step of other form of communication like texting, Facebook, instant messages, etc. However, since email is a “previous” one; we should use the new and update one for more advantage and benefit rather than solely depending on email.


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“Students might check on that e-mail communication from the university once or twice a week, and by that time there might be 200 messages,” Mr. Stoller says. “We let too many people go to the well with e-mails that aren’t targeted to a particular group.” (Chronicle.com)

“I never know what to say in the subject line and how to address the person,” Ms. Carver said. “Is it mister or professor and comma and return, and do I have to capitalize and use full sentences? By the time I do all that I could have an answer by text if I could text them.” (Nytimes.com)

“Thus spake Zuckerberg: “We don’t think a modern messaging system is going to be e-mail.”” (Insidehighered.com)

All the nuggets revealed my topic perfectly. As the first one is telling me of how typical students react with emails. Students do not like email as it is an old fashion way to communicate. They are likely toward modern way to get in touch like instant messages, texting, Facebook, etc. Email is outdating because of its professional structures but lack of visual elements. The second nugget points out the very important problem that students have to deal with email. Email costs both energy and time consuming since it required students to think through so much trouble just for simple questions. Students rather text since it is a fast, convenient and interesting way of communication. In the end, the last nugget gives me an expected solution/ answer for the whole problem dealing with email in collegiate level. As it is, if possible, email still has a long way to catch up with 21st century students whereas technology develops every second.

Panning for Nuggets

“Another disadvantage of email is the loss of non-verbal and social context clues. The email writer should therefore be careful and clear in his/her message to avoid ambiguity and unwanted consequences. One should even be careful not to go too far in his/her jokes as illustrated by the example of the University of Maryland Journalism professor Willie Schatz reported by Hannon (2001). Professor Schatz wrote in an email to his students that because of his birthday there will be no classes the following day. Even though he added that the president of the University himself signed on it and has declared it a day off for all campus, half of his students took it seriously and did not show up the next day! However, it should be noted that this shortcoming is common to several other class communication tools such as textbooks and lecture notes. In addition, this depersonalisation of email may be useful to some students. For example a student who is angry with his instructor may prefer email to face-to-face contact to cover up his anger.”

This nugget actually sums up my whole purpose of suggesting video email over email. Because email is nonverbal, it is easy to create the confusion or misunderstanding between how people write their message and how others people interpret it. Just like the example above, it is very common misunderstand with email or any other nonverbal message if the writers do not indicate clearly what they try to tell. However, with video email, we can eliminate this misunderstanding by body language or social context uses.

“I think we need to ensure that the importance of personal and intimate communication, which has always been important to us as a species, is not lost during this transition. While our communication tools may change how and where we connect with our students, we must remember that our value as educators lies not in what we know, but in the relationships we form with our students.”

This nugget supports for my first nugget as the educators’ value must lie on the relationship they form with their students; video email can definitely help them to achieve their value. By making students more engaging in the class and newsletter update, the invisible wall between educators and students is brought down somehow which will eventually improve their relationship with each other. Communication is always the best thing to get two people closer and help to clear unnecessary misunderstandings. Thus, I think video email is the best choice to fulfill both purpose of communication among educators and students.

The Interpretation of Dreams

Accordance to the video and what I have experience myself so far, there is a pattern in writing email for everybody. First people consider the tone in their writing; second they reread their email to make sure words are appropriate and make sense but still have something that reflects their personalities. However, the process to do those two steps is bothersome. As in the video, Domics takes more than an hour to find a way to say greet his friend and tell her that he is free. He considers a lot in how to write it within an appropriate tone in which he neither sound hyper nor tired. He just wants to sound like himself; he also does not want his friend to feel boring reading his email. It is hard to find words that are right to his ideas. Thus, it soon becomes tiresome. There is so much things that we have to think to just answer a simple question. This is when video email comes in hand. With video email, you can easily address your message that can show people yourself and make them interest in what you try to say. It is very easy to say “hey, I am free, let’s do it” in video email rather than email. Also, with video email, ones can express themselves easily with full of face expression, hand motion and smiles. There is no need to imply any punctuation because people can see the tone right away. Unless you are trying to write a fake email with fake expression, video email is the better way to approach people with a friendly expression within simple talk.