8:32 PM EDT, March 26, 2011
There's a subtle snobbery I find myself indulging in when I see in my inbox e-mail accounts ending in @aol.com, @hotmail.com, @yahoo, etc. I realize this is a complex and unhealthy place of judgment. And I realize too that one day my own e-mail address -- a gmail account, duh -- will likely be on the list of dated domains, once the Next Big Thing comes around. And yet!
I'm surprised to see that the e-mail addresses of the writers in the New York Times Magazine (which are now listed on the table of contents beneath each author byline) are of this embarrassing league of early-2000s (EVEN LATE '90s!) then-in-vogue accounts.
Peggy Orenstein, who is great, who I love, has a Comcast address. Which means she's -- however indirectly -- paying for e-mail. Jay Caspian Kang -- Yahoo. Tim Crothers! AIM!!
What's distasteful to me about this is only that these are starter-y domains, probably the first e-mail accounts these users ever made. That indicates a sort of unhip Web obtuseness that I would expect sophisticated writers like the ones at the NYT Mag to not be hindered by.
Then again. If the day comes that I have to switch my gmail account to whatever new, better thing, it's going to be a gigantic pain in the ass. But I hope I'll be open and willing to do it. I just wonder what in the world will ever be better than gmail!