> appreciate that this form of debate may be de rigueur in
> academia, but this
> is a public list.
Angela: I belong to several "academic" lists, and this form of debate is
not "de rigueur." In general, academics must accept that there will be
differences of opinion, without insisting everyone accept *one* individual
opinion. Personal denigration should never enter the fray.
I belong to Celtic-L because there is no "academic" Celtic list, but I am
sorry to say that members of other lists greet this information with some
horror, because the kind of hysteria we have witnessed today has given this
list a bad name in many circles.
Although this is an international discussion group, many members are US
citizens. In the US we have freedom of speech, and everyone should have his
or her say. That does not mean that everyone else should agree, nor that
others should be denigrated because they do not agree.
Why do I feel *compelled* to just write about this? I certainly am not list
moderator (nor do I wish to be, nor do I have any fantasies about being
such)! But I have been here a while, and my skin is very thick. There is
lots of water running of my duck's back, and contrary to *individual*
opinion, I HAVE a life.
Is it not important when making one's argument (without
> watering down the content or intent) to appreciate one's
> audience, thereby
> more effectively achieving one's aim of educating the listeners?
> Ducking for cover! Lol.
Try duck feathers . . .