The future of office work won’t be found in continuing to reduce the friction involved in messaging but, instead, in figuring out how to avoid the need to send so many messages in the first place.
| Cal Newport, Slack Is The Right Tool For The Wrong Way To Work
Newport omits a number of antecedents to Slack, jumping from email to work chat in one paragraph. Don’t forget AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), Internet Relay Chat (IRC), Jabber, ICQ, and Skype. Instant messaging pervaded the early days of the web and cell phones. Slack in fact was based on an early in-house prototype built on IRC.
But in the final analysis, Newport is right. Slacklash isn’t a rejection of Slack, the tool. No, it’s a desire for less talking, and more doing.