DEEP QUESTIONS

Ep. 289: The Email Catastrophe

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How did we end up tyrannized by our inboxes? How is this related to Tyrannosaurus? What was it like working at a high tech company at the exact moment email was introduced? In this episode, Cal weaves together all these questions into a story about the unexpected ways technology impacts our lives and what we can do after the fact to make things better.

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DEEP DIVE:

– The Email Catastrophe [3:50]

QUESTIONS:

– How do I with email overload in a government job? [45:34]
– How do I deal with an employer who demands constant responsiveness? [55:35]
– How can I concentrate when coding when I need to use my web browser? [58:27]
– How do I overcome my fear of missing important emails? [1:02:33]
– CALL: Can slow productivity work for an academic? [1:06:47]

CAL REACTS:

– Reader Comments on his NYT Op-Ed [1:17:35]

LINKS:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/04/08/the-day-the-dinosaurs-died
https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.1817407116
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1994/01/10/e-mail-from-bill-gates
https://blog.rescuetime.com/communication-multitasking-switches/
https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/16/opinion/creative-work-productivity-seasonality.html
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