Forty-five years ago, a computer engineer in Boston sent an electronic message between two computers some 10 feet apart. It was another 10 years or so before the electronic mail message was dubbed “email”—a term now perhaps more ubiquitous than any other in the lexicon of modern communication.
Explore this issue:September 2017
And yet, despite the seemingly definitive role email communication holds for otolaryngologists—in sharing messages with other physicians, sending missives to hospital administrators and instructions to patients, and myriad other uses—there are those who often wonder if email is outmoded. In a world of text
messaging, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Snapchat, Vine, Periscope, and Google Talk, not to mention dozens of lesser-known services and a seemingly endless string of startups aiming to be the proverbial next big thing, is email dead?