I don't tap my own phone. I don't xerox postcards before I mail them back from
vacation. I don't take a voice recorder when I go out with friends. And I don't
have a copy machine at home to duplicate hand written notes I may send.
But if I send a message of equal importance by e-mail, then my e-mail program
will automatically save a copy of every one of these messages.
E-mails I don't need waste my time. They increase the time it takes to search
and browse through old email. They increase the time it takes for my email to
"sync" when I want to go offline. To continue to save every e-mail I send
perpetuates the unsustainable myth that as long as our actions are online they