Ahhhh, never ending meetings where things don't get solved quickly, especially if priorities aren't clear.
If priorities aren't clear, the manner of communications is going to be inefficient regardless.
Personally, I'll take a well drafted email over any live-person-multiple-people meeting any day. The emails in my experience tend to be well laid out and detailed. Meetings, people show up unprepared and empty-handed. Then don't take well enough notes. Then are preoccupied with other things going on (for that day) and
Atleast with an email I can run through it over and over and let my brain digest it, and then come back and reply with complete thoughts to it. I have the ability to pull up relevant documentation, facts, prior projects, prior issue-tracker-issues, etc. I find in meetings, having the time to digest new information, just dropped on you there, with others expecting an answer _there_.... that's not fun.
It could also very well be that meetings such as the ones I'm thinking about were not run well by management, pre-prep wasn't enforced and no guideance for the meeting, nor future meetings, was provided.
I'm not saying all meetings are bad, but from my experience, most are.