CHAPTER 5

Writing E-mail Messages

Dating back to the early 1970s, e-mail has become one of the most fundamental communication devices of the modern era. The birth of e-mail, however, was a lucky accident. As Hafner and Lyon discuss, the predecessor of the Internet (the ARPANET) was not designed as a message system, but rather as a tool for resource sharing:

The ARPANET’s creators didn’t have a grand vision for the invention of an earth circling message-handling system. But once the first couple of nodes were installed, early users turned the system of linked computers into personal as well as professional communications tool 1

Since its inception, the spread of e-mail communication has been unstoppable. As some researchers claim, it is “the ...

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