BOOKS: NOTES ON NETIQUETTE

MISS MANNERS ENTERS CYBERSPACE AND CONFRONTS THE FAX. GENTLE READER IS ADVISED NOT TO FLAME

The Internet has become such an inescapable part of modern life that it was only a matter of time until some watchdog of etiquette claimed the turf and started drawing boundaries and making rules. Still, credit Judith Martin, the author of the syndicated Miss Manners advice column, with considerable alertness in spotting a tiny void in the decorum field and then moving in with well-wrapped parcels of wisdom about the Net and other conveniences of late 20th century life, like the answering machine and the fax. Though one might suspect her of being a grumpy traditionalist in these matters, or even...

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