Is it really a "big help" to restrict the flow of information on
a listserv? Certainly, if one's goal is to invest as limited an
amount of time as possible exchanging information on the list it
could be a "big help".
It is amazing how rich and complex communication, the human
exchange of information, can be. You probably wouldn't believe it
if I told you. The most unintelligible bit of gibberish can
contain vast amounts of significant information. We deeply
impoverish our exchange of information when we restrict it's
flow. When, in the interest of personal convenience, we block
communication in public channels we deny resources to the others
who would participate and deny them things that we value.
This MIGHT make sense if everyone was forced to read every word
published on the list and pay for the receipt of every word.
Fortunately this isn't the case.
If expense is an issue getting a free e-mail account like HOTMAIL
at www.msn.com will solve that problem in a snap. it can be
accessed from your existing browser and will hold without a
problem more traffic than comes across on artsed net.
If you CHOSE the digest format let me suggest it isn't a very
efficient use of your time. However, you still don't HAVE to read
everything. Under Edit use the FIND command to follow any
keyword. Last year I only read convention related information on
the digest with great ease in that manner.
If you get each incoming message seperately it's very easy to
delete stuff of no interest to you. After all this is a public
list with contributors from many grade levels, academic stations,
and countries across the planet. Dont expect that most of the
information here will have significance to you. If that is
important let me suggest you move over to www.intranets.com and
start an intranet or list for 1st Grade art teachers in Virginia
with an interest in clay and multicultiural art education--or
Professors of Graduate level Art Education-- or what have you.
You will have a great deal more control of your experience that
If you think you are able to handle something more complex you
can use your e-mail program (either the one that your computer
offers you or a free on-line one like hotmail) to sort and delete
incoming mail by any criteria you choose to apply---400 posts at
a time if you so choose.
Alternately you can claim status as "Dorothy, the meek and
powerless" and ask the wizard to protect you from any effort
whatsoever and to magically shred everything you don't care about
without demonstrating any consideration for anyone else because
"Damn it! They waste bandwidth talking about stuff that isn't
interesting (TO ME) and if that isn't a lack of consideration
what is?" (All the while, at the same time subscribing, no doubt,
to newspapers and magazines where they don't experience the need
to read every word of!)
Come on children!!! A listserve is very much the same as a local
newspaper or national magazine; and you HAVE TO PAY YOUR OWN GOOD
MONEY FOR THOSE. Should you have to pay for stuff you don't read?
Maybe this big scary technology is the problem. You want all the
benefits but, gosh golly, learning to actually use the technology
is just too much to ask. You don't know how to delete or
unsubscribe so you want everyone to conduct their correspondence
in a way which is of as little inconvenience to YOU as possible.
S i g h . . .
Look does anyone here EVER talk about stuff at their jopbs that
DOESN'T pertain directly to their Jobs? Mention your family or
coming holidays? talk about the weather or traffic or going to
happy hour on friday after work? Same thing! I've been in offices
that tried to maintain "professionalism" in that way and franklly
it sucked big time.
In the end, take a lesson from the wonderful world of
ecology---the more things going on in an environment, the more
differences present in an environment the richer more viable and
more stable it becomes. What do you have to do with a thousand
acres of cotton? Worry about bole weevils, a hundred other pests
and how much the all pesticides are going top effect your life.
So, as long as we're talking about it, it would be a "big help"
to me if we could all contribute a little more to the
conversation here. Specifically I'm talking about the lurkers who
read and don't contribute. C'mon guys! We're world building here!
This is one of the anvils on which art education is being shaped.
There is no way we can claim to be able to teach creativity if we
can't come up with more creative ways and reasons to teach art.
We have 50 ways to make Play Doh... We need more ways to teach
art and more ways to connect art to being human. This is a
community not a factory tho so we also need better recipies for
Guacomole and Plum Brandy; cures for weight gain and hangovers.
We need more mail here.
As far as managing e-mail we need more than just the few poor
ideas I've contributed here. Tell us how YOU do it! IS deleting
boring posts (perhaps like this one) truly a nightmare?
MORE MAIL NOW!
This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Sun Jul 09 2000 - 15:23:14 PDT