Weapon of Self-Destruction

By Art Buchwald
Thursday, October 12, 2006

When scientists at MIT developed e-mail in 1961, they said it was a giant step for mankind. They didn't realize it was a weapon that could destroy the lives of many people.

We have seen the damage it did to then-Rep. Mark Foley of Florida, who is alleged to have sent salacious e-mails to House pages over a period of five years.

The executives of Enron are going to jail because the evidence of fraud was in their hard drives.

The first thing the FBI does when investigating someone is take away his or her computer.

Businesses as well as individuals use e-mails instead of letters to communicate with each other. Billions of messages fly over the Internet, and no one can be sure who's reading them.

There are good e-mails. The most-used message sent over the Internet is "I love you."

The next most popular is "I don't love you and never want to hear from you again."

When pouring out your heart, it's a two-way exchange. The receiver has a "reply" button.

The people who invented e-mail never dreamed they were starting a mating game.

Matching up on the Internet is the new way for lonely people to connect.

Example: "They don't call me cute for nothing. I am a beautiful, natural blonde, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 36-inch bust. I am interested in dancing, conversation, walks, museums and warm nights by the fire. Let's talk."

"Dear Blondie: I am a lawyer who fits all your needs. Let's meet at the America Bar and Grill in Georgetown. My wife doesn't know you are in my computer."

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