E-Mail Miscommunication: Blaming the Medium


  1. Dursin says:

    Well said, Jay. I know we’ve had this discussion before. I think that people do read into things in e-mail, and they do blame the medium itself, but they are pretty much scape-goating. But I must say, I hate emoticons, too. To me, they are a little childish and shouldn’t be necessary if people would just stop and think before they react.

  2. Jay says:


    That’s your choice. To me, going on the Internet and refusing to use emoticons (an accepted form of communication that predates your presence there*) is similar to entering a house in Japan ignoring the tradition of removing your outdoor shoes.

    * If you were online pre emoticons, feel free to disregard this.

  3. Emie says:

    You might want to check your spelling, I almost use your article for my short essay and presentation as oe of my sources, but I found that there are a few misspelled words.