I find it odd that so many folks complain about email. Email’s ruining their lives. They wish email had never been invented. Etc.
Say you get 100 email messages in a day. Would you rather have 100 phone calls? The problem isn’t the 100 messages but the 100 new responsibilities represented by the email messages. Email spam is a annoying, but phone spam (i.e. telemarketing) is worse.
There are alternatives to email that work well in their niche. RSS subscriptions beat email newsletters. Instant messaging beats email for quick interaction. Twitter beats email for keeping up with loquacious friends. But I don’t understand those who say “email is dead.”