Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Telephone, Part 2

We already established last year that the telephone is a ridiculously outdated and annoying piece of technology that is to be avoided at all costs. We, as sentient, non-cave-dwelling beings, realize that asynchronous electronic communications are far superior.

But we have come to the sad conclusion that some people don't respond to emails. Sometimes we can't afford to wait. As much as it pains me to say it, the fact that some people do not regard email as a legitimate form of communication forces an otherwise rational person to call someone on the phone. After the sixth email of asking someone to do something with no response, one must consider imposing on the peace of someone's day. And even more horrifically, sometimes that recipient of the call will not answer, and after you leave a message on voicemail, you have to wait in fear by your phone for that person to call back, which will come at the scientifically-calibrated-to-be-the-worst possible time. What is a user of modern communications technology to do?

I don't know. That is why I am depending on you for answers.


Alice Wills Gold said...

Give up!! I don't think it has anything to do with the phone, but more to do with the ambition of the person on the other end...but, I am sure you already knew that.

And, you have employed your psychological warfare in the form of a blog to woo this person into returning your email/call.

If the post worked..I guess it is a done debate...blogging is the superior technology.:)

"AskMeIfICare" said...

When you have to leave someone a message ask them not to call you back and leave them your e-mail address. Remind them that they have e-mail. If you want to be smart you can ask them to call you only if they can't figure out how their e-mail works. Don't answer your phone when they call. Make your message on your voicemail say that you are not using the voicemail for some reason so they are forced to e-mail or text you.......