Digital Manners: Should I respond if I get someone else's email?

Navigating the intersection of etiquette and technology.
June 21 2011 10:59 AM

Email Gone Astray

Farhad Manjoo and Emily Yoffe debate what you should do when you receive email meant for someone else.

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This week, Farhad Manjoo and Emily Yoffe discuss a letter from a listener who often receives seemingly important emails meant for other people. Listen to Episode #9 using the audio player below or by opening this player in a new window:

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Farhad Manjoo is a technology columnist for the New York Times and the author of True Enough.

Emily Yoffe is a regular Slate contributor. She writes the Dear Prudence column. 

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