>From: "Kelo, Dan" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Re: Cranky-pants!
>>What is this incessant need of you people who feel it necessary to tell
>>us what ticks you off? This is generally a congenial and friendly list.
>>I vote for keeping it that way and would prefer to "rid the system" of
>>rudeness and intolerance.
>I agree. I'm much more disturbed by the attitude of the "intolerants" than
>I EVER have been at a list member's introduction. I believe that the intros
>help us all to know who we're communicating with.
Hear, hear. I'm a "lurker" who's been reading faithfully for a couple months,
and things were getting interesting, if a little wordy, until a couple
spoilsport censor-types posted. I hope their interruption doesn't scare off
more contributions. I was finally getting a feel for what sort of community was
out there reading with me. I, for one, prefer writing to an audience whom I
know at least a bit. Otherwise it's a lecture into a silent black screen, and
an assumption of a static, canonized center of interests and set of definitions,
which loses any of the sense of distance and artificiality necessary for
productive academic/intellectual discussion of issues.
One motive for my post is that I just yesterday was audience to a presentation
on the Berlin intellectual, philosophical, and art-centered salons of the
pre-Napoleonic high society. I made a remark at that presentation that the
Internet-lists of today share similar principles and procedures: (relatively)
democratic access and expression for both experts and dilettantes, focus on
_SOCIAL_ interaction as the glue for it all, and the very _conversational_
nature of dialogues, however lofty the topic may be.
The point for us CELTIC-L participants is that we might remember that there are
other modes of academic discussion than the traditional professor-lecture to
silent students. A little "life" can indeed contribute to "serious" dialogue.
So: Me: Dilettante in Celtic, student in German literature, Irish fiddler and
bodhran player. Interested in listening to more myth, theology, language and
art-related contributions. Next, please . . .
Alan Ng Fax:(608)255-0650
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