The Men from the Ministry

Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 3:07 | Posted in Bureaucracy, e-mail, Germany | 2 Comments

If you were to send an e-mail and wanted to refer to information at your own web site, how would you do it? Would you

1. send a link to the appropriate URL or

2.1. print the web page

2.2. scan the printed page

2.3. compile a pdf-file and

2.4. attatch the pdf-file to your e-mail?

No doubt that most of us would prefer option 1 and would not even come to think of 2.1.-2.4. But that is exactly what the office of the German Family Minister did. Alvar Freude received an e-mail with that kind of an attachment in response to his open letter to the minister.

What the letter was about? You do not really want to know.

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  1. Isn’t tagging this article with “Bureaucracy” and “Germany” somewhat of a redundancy? Just saying.

  2. Maybe so. I have been thinking of cutting those categories anyway. However, there is bureaucracy outside Germany as well but German bureaucracy is a class of its own due to the concept of Deutsche Gründlichkeit.

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