It’s the story of the month: Former first lady and likely 2016 presidential contender Hillary Clinton is in hot water after allegedly breaking government rules regarding her email accounts.

*facepalm*

Hindsight is 20/20, but we really should have seen this one coming. Because let’s be honest: Emailgate 2015 is just the most recent of many examples of emails.

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I remember when this Clinton news broke, I immediately thought, “Here we go again: emails.” It really needn’t have come as a surprise. Emails have been around for years. And what’s happening right now is nothing but the latest chapter in the continuing saga of email-related events.

I remember when this Clinton news broke, I immediately thought, “Here we go again: emails.”

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It’s the same predictable story each time. First, someone does something to do with email, then someone else writes a story about it, then we’re off to the races! It happened in 2007 when Google rolled out its email service, Gmail, then again in 2008 when Barack Obama sent all those fundraising emails. Following the David Petraeus email story in 2012, did we really think we’d heard the last of emails? Of course not.

The pattern is unmistakable. Emails keep happening. We’re seeing them time after time after time. At the risk of fanning the flames, I have four unread emails in my inbox even as I write this.

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Thanks to Hillary Clinton, emails are back in the news once more. The truth is, they never went away. Emails are as big in 2015 as they were in 2010, and barring something unexpected, it’s only a matter of time before emails are taking over the internet again.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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