So you think you’re e-polite?
You say you’re e-polite? Let’s see.
Do you postpone responding to your e-mails…
1) …in order to avoid difficult or complex decisions?
2) …because you could not grasp the meaning or related context of the discourse?
3) …since the message is too ellaborate and requires an equivalent reply?
4) …because the correspondent took a while to answer your original e-mail, hence not being e-polite to you?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above you are certainly not e-polite!
✔ Polite: having or showing behaviour that is respectful and considerate of other people. (Oxford Dictionaries)
✔ Politeness has been traditionally considered a natural social lubricant that enabled civilised, peaceful conversation and debate. This was outlined in renaissance Italian cities, where manuals on how to behave were a la moda, fashionable, and the British Glorious Revolution in which being polite was a passage to a higher social class.
✔ E-politeness, or non-codified rules of on-line behaviour, can play an increasingly important role in the same way politeness once did. Still, etiquette on electronic communicators have yet to be studied and defined.
✔ Procrastination, a lack of self-discipline, indecision, missinformation or a lack of time very often define our on-line social (mis-)communications.
We want to listen to your opinion:
– Has the Internet changed our views on what is polite and what is not?
– When and how should we respond to our e-mails?
– Ultimately, what is e-politeness and why should you care?
Summary of Jovan Kurbalija’s article on DiploFoundation.