Lawrence Lessig finally gave up on his pile of unanswered email and declared "email bankruptcy":
He went on to note that he had spent 80 hours the prior week sorting through unanswered e-mail built up since January 2002, and had determined that "without extraordinary effort" he would simply never be able to respond to these messages.
I feel his pain. I easily have over 1000 messages marked for reply in my current email client, and I'm not a public figure. (Let's not even go into the gigabytes of unread list email...) Many people get the same kind of relief Lessig did when their hard drive crashes without a backup and they start clean. Me, I've got email on various media going back to at least the mid-90s--probably earlier. Maybe it's time to follow his example...
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