Email Chains, Is someone missing the point?

I am continually being handed emails that were sent to my boss by his friends. They are typically dumb, as most email letters that people forward are. But I think what really needs to be mentioned is that this is worse because I am getting a paper copy of the damn thing. As we as a society are moving closer to a paperless society, my boss is making up for it by using more paper than any one person ever did.