4: Jelly Bean Zero

by Max Leibman

Caitie and Max talk Inbox Zero—and explore whether it is method, myth, or just something to yell when the inbox is empty at 4:59 PM. They take us back to first principles: Merlin Mann’s original "Inbox Zero" articles and talks. Along the way, they raise questions about social media, relationships, agency and attention.

Can email be important enough to keep unread for months, but not important enough to make a decision about what it means? Is Facebook a choice? Does anybody really know what LinkedIn is for? Do other people dictate what emails you can delete or what social networks you should join? Are they the boss of you? Is your inbox the boss of you?

When everything can be an inbox, the answer had better be "no."



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(This is the source of Caitie's "Learn a book!" command.)

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