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ARGUMENT: Recent technological improvements in electronic mail (e-mail) will resolve existing corporate communication problems. Vast quantities of information about products, services, and market transactions, as well as most basic business communication can be electronically exchanged, quickly and at relatively low cost.
The argument concludes that improved electronic mail will help resolve the existing communication problems in most of the businesses. The reason cited for this conclusion is that the electronic mail will provide a faster and cheaper mode of communications which can support information flow for products, services, transactions and various other aspects of business. The argument is unconvincing, since it relies on dubious assumptions and based on oversimplified and unwarranted claims.
To begin with, by concluding that electronic mail will be beneficial, the author involves in flawed reasoning of proposing an alternative without explaining its futures. The author fails to provide any information regarding the nature of electronic mail, such as how it operates, or what are its advantages over the existing means of communication. Without providing details about the electronic mails, the claim will remain unwarranted, hence unconvincing.
Secondly, the argument’s claim that the electronic mail will facilitate faster information flow is unsupported. The author lacks to provide any evidence to indicate the speed enhancement capability of electronic mail. It is equally likely that the communication flow retards in speed due to some congestion or technical limitations.
Thirdly, the argument’s proposal for electronic mails also claims reduced communication costs for the business. Again, this claim is unsupported. Contrary to the cost reduction, it is highly probable that the cost of communication may increase. For example, the cost of implementation itself may be too high to be recovered in the later years. Also, training the new employees to use the new means of communication will also incur substantial cost.
Fourthly, the author falsely assumes that the electronic mail can be used for communicating all products and services. The possibility that the electronic mail supports only text document, and not images or voice mails can not be ruled out. Furthermore, the author doesn’t address the security futures of the electronic mail so that it can facilitate market transactions. Without providing any evidence for the technical depth of the electronic mail, the argument can not be convincing.
To conclude, the argument is fraught with vague, oversimplified and unjustified claims. To support the conclusion, the author must explain the futures that make the electronic mail superior to the existing communication modes. Also, author must proof how the electronic mode will lead to a faster and cheaper mode of communication.
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