As the world is more intimately connected, our generation's digitization should not be berated by columnists as cover for laziness. When we make online birthday cards, our innovative implementation of timeless niceties should be lauded instead of pilloried.
If you want to be really polite, don't be digital. This might sound like heresy -- but it's true. When you interact with someone one-on-one, the last thing they want to see is your cell phone, tablet or computer.