I just spent a frustrating day listening to Microsoft and Dell representatives laud how my fellow workers are “e-workers”. Before e-mail, I don’t recall being called a “telephone worker” or a “pen & paper worker”. I don’t hear anyone talking about “vehicular workers”.
We are workers. E-mail, computers, etc. are tools of the trade. It is not the defining characteristic of the job. Either the tool is useful (i.e., it works as intended, fulfills a desired purpose, and is supportable), like some versions of MS Word, or it’s useless, like the latest iteration of MS Outlook, which chokes older computers, or the MS Jet database engine, which fails to “jet” over slower networks.