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General Forum -> How to Use the Internet in 1994
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2013-10-01 20:56:44
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A tech writer found a book on how to use the Internet published in 1994.

Here is a snip from the article, which is a snip from the book:

E-mail: “Never forget that electronic mail is like a postcard. Many people can read it easily without your ever knowing it. In other words, do not say anything in an e-mail message which you would not say in public.”

Since that has pretty much always been the case, I wonder when people started thinking (or perhaps they always did) that e-mail was a private thing, protected by laws, like a sealed letter mailed via the US Post Office.


Everything You Needed to Know About the Internet in May 1994
Posted by: 647
2013-10-02 12:04:12
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647 wrote
E-mail: “Never forget that electronic mail is like a postcard. Many people can read it easily without your ever knowing it. In other words, do not say anything in an e-mail message which you would not say in public.”


Another old adage: never say anything on a cell phone you wouldn't say in a crowded elevator.

647 wrote
Since that has pretty much always been the case, I wonder when people started thinking (or perhaps they always did) that e-mail was a private thing, protected by laws, like a sealed letter mailed via the US Post Office.


These are probably the same people who, not that long ago, were posting their high school antics on their Myspace page and then complaining about invasion privacy when the school officials punished them.
Posted by: MikeS