Email does not communicate tone: research findings
Research in the December Journal of Personality and Social Psychology indicates that there is only a 50/50 chance of an email recipient correctly interpreting the tone of an email.
According to an article by the American Psychology Association we need to use the phone much more when the tone of a communication is critical.
This is consistent with the bioteaming philosophy described, for example in, The Messaging Instinct, where teams use messages to get their team-mates attention and then use the phone to work through the detail rather than just relying on ‘single-shot fully self-contained’ emails to communicate.
Bioteams Books Reviews
The term cyborg is used to designate an organism which is a mixture of organic and synthetic parts so designed to enhance its abilities via technology. William Mitchell a professor at MIT Media Lab believes that through our mobile devices we are all becoming mobile cyborgs and its for the better. In his book Me++: The Cyborg Self and the Networked City which he discusses in an interview with James Harkin Mitchell describes how the new communications technologies have overlaid our city spaces with central nervous systems connecting us into the wireless ether via our mobile devices which act as umbilical cords to anchor us into the information society's digital infrastructure.