James Grimmelmann has written a fascinating (and long) article about Laurie Garrett's e-mail accident, the clash between established journalism and the Internet, and the implications of a world in which the only way to communicate privately by e-mail is not to communicate at all:

Quasi-private emails leak out all the time now, not because we want what is private to become public, but because it has become so hard to tell private from public in the context of email. Social norms will not rebottle this genie.

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