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HOW TO READ AN EMAIL

 

 

Copyright September 16, 2004 9:31 PM CST

By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti

 

 

 

 

I read all emails in the abstract.  Reading them in the abstract means that you just take everything you read at face value; that is, as having common, not uncommon, meaning.  This is the only correct, safe, and socially responsible way to read anything.  People who do otherwise are more or less uninformed about what is best for society.  They need to change.  Now the alternative to taking things at face value is to try to figure out what an author means in context; that is, in a certain setting.  However, you can never be absolutely sure of what an author means in any setting unless you know what that setting is.  It is the responsibility of an author to inform his readers of the setting of what the author has written.