Many adolescents consider email passe, and instead use either instant messaging (IM) or blogging for their communications, says Moveable Type's Mena Trott, quoted in The Economist. "Like blogging, email was supposed to be asynchronous. . . But today's adolescents have never known email without spam and see no point in long trails of 'Reply' and 'CC' messages piling up in their in-boxes," the article continues. "As for synchronous communication, why adults would send emails back and forth instead of 'IM-ing' is beyond them." The article, "It's the links, stupid," is one of a series addressing new media, including podcasting.