Random thoughts on email and economics…
June 10, 2011
I honestly can’t imagine life without email. When I take a few days off and disconnect my BlackBerry, it takes me at least 24 hours to get over the withdrawal of not being able to instantly communicate with folks – my staff, member society executives, public policymakers, family. Amazingly, when I stabilize and decompress, I find that the world won’t end because the things I so desperately needed to communicate have to wait for a bit. But just as amazingly, when I turn that beast back on, I become just as addicted to it as I was before my vacation began.
I pretty much limit my electronic communications to email. I haven’t a clue how to download photos; I don’t have a Facebook page; and while the Alliance has a Twitter account, I’m not much of a “tweeter” – yet. I do have a narrow band of folks I text message. My sons top that list because that’s the only sure fire way to engage them in conversation. Email to them is as passé as the post office – they only check their old-fashioned email account every few days.
But as Rep. Anthony Weiner’s recent “sexting” scandal so vividly demonstrates, there is a downside to electronic communications and just because you hit “delete” doesn’t mean your message is actually gone. So here are a couple of suggestions you might want to keep in mind before you send that next message:
“Never write what you can speak; never speak what you can nod; never nod what you can wink.”
“Never put it in an email.”
Former Governor of New York
And my personal favorite…
“Before you put anything in writing, ask yourself if you’d feel good about having it published on the front page of the New York Times.”
An economic theory I just can’t figure out…
I survived undergraduate economics and I pretend to know what the talking head gurus on the cable news shows mean when they forecast what’s ahead for the economy (even though those same gurus have correctly predicted seven of the last two recessions). But here’s one economic theory I can’t figure out:
“The more you spend the more you save!”
So if I spend $100 on a product I really don’t need I could “save” even more by purchasing larger quantities of it. Put me down for two…