Your concern is close to mine ! Of course the archaic LISTSERV is
better than nothing but to make a breakthrough in the Stafford's
heritage world wide dissemination we must "to integrate" with modern
ICTs and to organize the community as the VSM.
Hope this LISTSERV activity is only a first step in the direction.
Leonid - http://ototsky.mgn.ru/it
> SOME OBSERVATIONS AND A PLAN
> I learned of this list just a few days ago. I jumped in with
> great enthusiasm because I, too, am totally committed to what I call
> "Explaining Stafford Beer to the World."
> I tried, first of all, to catch up on what has been said to date
> so that I could have meaningful context for the daily input. Alas!
> Not really possible: too much variety, complexity, band width for
> such an unsophisticated communications system...
> At least, not without a huge investment in time, energy and
> technical skills that I lack to retrieve, organize and edit it... so
> I did not try further. The prospect reminded me of all the grunt
> work we used to do with Archies, Veronicas, etc. more than 20 years
> ago! Long forgotten DOS commands, etc.
> But that also means that the daily flow is often difficult to
> truly understand... it arrives as a large stream (43 messages in
> less than 48 hours) of barely or badly organized data and
> information... how ironically un-cybernetic!
> The structure of the Listserve communication system – that is, if
> we can even refer to it as a structure – is and not
> conducive to intelligent dialogue... it lacks the variety necessary
> to consider the ideas and implications of a deliciously complex man.
> The feedback mechanism is, at best, cumbersome and obtuse... no
> one-to-one channels... etc., etc., etc.
> Why aren’t we – "The Staffordian Infoset"? – using current ICT?
> Say, a Bulletin Board with the channel capacity to support
> our interactive dialogue? Such as
> vBulletin... http://www.vbulletin.com/ ?
> In fact, Nick Green and I tried, about 2 years ago, to create
> exactly such a Board but hardly anyone was interested. If the volume
> of exchanges and the interest and excitement that I see in what I
> read is indicative of interest now, I will be happy to pay for the
> license if someone would undertake to host the website. And I am
> happy to volunteer some of my time to moderating it, too.
> I cannot think of anything else that could make as great a
> contribution to the evolution of understanding of Stafford’s work
> other than to create a well organized record of our ongoing, real
> time dialogue.
> As Stafford would say, love and peace.
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