by Webnme2 on Dec 22nd 2004 in Original WEBnME Blog - Archived
Not so many years ago fax machines were hailed as a communications revolution. When the luster wore off, people realized that this gift of technology was a double-edged sword with increased expectations for instant communication and a loss of personal time.
Next we experienced the first wave of e-mail communication and it too was hailed as a revolution in communication. Again it was a double-edge sword bringing both good and bad. Again people learned that it could be an electronic tether at the office and now many offices bemoan the fact that productivity is lost to untold hours of e-mail handling.
And now we have another wave with the explosion in use of handheld wireless e-mail devices. Those who did not learn the first two times are apparently doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past. The above link to a Government Executive story makes this all too clear with a very interesting account of how government senior executives are as addicted to their BlackBerry devices as some people are to crack. There is even a new nickname for somebody who is pathetically obsessed with a BlackBerry – CrackBerry.
No doubt we’ll soon hear about CrackBerrys Anonymous.