[Humanist] 28.454 how & what are we communicating?

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu Oct 30 09:16:20 CET 2014

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 454.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:00:30 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: Are lists dying?

See below, those who watch and wonder about communication among scholars 
and practitioners (with hopes that these two overlap to a high degree). 
I propagate the request for forgiveness and the question somewhat 
modified: if people like us are not using lists, how do they communicate 
in sentences of length rather than having to 'like' something? How are 
arguments made, attacked, defended? I realise that I show my age in the 
field by wanting it to be one within which people do more than 
tweet, like and the like. And perhaps I show my age in other ways as 
well :-), for example in abstaining from many ways of making noise 
online. So I ask. Hope comes to me at least from the fact that Humanist 
continues to grow in number of members, though I mourn the fact 
(if it is a fact) that medievalists talk less or not at all in sentences online.

Comments, esp from native informants?


-------- Original Message --------

> From: Al Magary <al at magary.com>
> To: Medieval History Discussion List <MEDIEV-L at LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU>,
	medieval-religion - Scholarly discussions of medieval religious culture
	<MEDIEVAL-RELIGION at JISCMAIL.AC.UK>, Medieval Texts - Philology Codicology and
> Subject: [MEDTEXTL] Are lists dying?

Forgive the crossposting to my three medieval listservs.  Today's email contained no posts from any of the groups, and in fact no list mail at all.  (Political email is of course abundant.)  Other than the occasional query giving rise to an extended thread on M-R, Mediev-L, and rarely these days, MedTexL, it seems as if content has disappeared from many forums, except the TMR book reviews, whose format doesn't allow for discussion.

Has list-style academic discussion disappeared or has it gone off to some parts of the Internet I still find mysterious, such as social media?

In the dark (age),
Al Magary

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