Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Hillary Clinton's Email Issue isn't Relatable
If our email server ever goes down, we feel like amnesiacs, a little, with information we kind of recall, but are a little unsure of. It's stressful to have conversations that aren't written down so that they are transparent and available for later use.
I wouldn't ever consider using my work email for private business--there are written guidelines against it. And I wouldn't consider using my private email account(s) to do anything work-related. (And obviously "Strangely" business is different from my "government name" business.) So to me, the idea that having a single email address is simpler makes no sense at all. I have always had multiple addresses since I've been online. The idea that there are people in government that have sent no emails or minimal emails in their careers seems impossible--I mean, what is it like to farm communications out through a secretary or aide as a gatekeeper? I dunno. It just seems unthinkable to me to get through a single day without sending a dozen emails or receiving a couple dozen. Or saving a mess of them for CYA.
This isn't to say I fall either way where Clinton's private email server is concerned. I just feel like it's unrelatable to me that business and personal aren't easily separable and that multiple accounts don't actually make things easier to compartmentalize--but then again I wonder if the issue isn't also generational. For me, my apps are extensions of how I work (I am a multiple-tab girl), but maybe some people are more single-task? (Not that I'm being judgmental or ageist--I know people my age and younger who seem tech-averse as well. But if a job calls for it, doesn't one have to adapt?) Also, I've heard commentary that the Federal email system was somehow inadequate to requirements--that seems also staggering. Like, wouldn't that be a priority thing to fix, what with the importance of communications for, well, everything, but especially urgent matters?
I'm left with the impression that being Secretary of State is waaaayyy different from what I do (no kidding!) but I'm flummoxed somehow that it isn't, you know. More the same.