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Sun, 25 Jun 89 19:54:26 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 3, No. 170. Sunday, 25 Jun 1989.

(1) Date: Sat, 24 Jun 89 08:36 EST (54 lines)
From: <ERDT@VUVAXCOM> (Terrence Erdt)
Subject: call clarified, re-edited

(2) Date: 25 June 1989 (38 lines)
From: Willard McCarty <MCCARTY@vm.epas.utoronto.ca>
Subject: private or public mail?

(3) Date: 24 June 1989 (13 lines)
From: Willard McCarty <MCCARTY@vm.epas.utoronto.ca>
Subject: killing in Tien-an-men Square

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Date: Sat, 24 Jun 89 08:36 EST
From: <ERDT@VUVAXCOM> (Terrence Erdt)
Subject: call clarified, re-edited

More on the issue of Computers and the Humanities
to be devoted to the subject of

Telecommunications and the Humanities

I recently sent Willard a message about the plan for a special
issue of CHum to be devoted to the subject of telecommunications.
My intention was not, at that point in time, to send it to
all Humanists, but to elicit suggestions from Willard for the
success of the enterprise. Accompanying the message was a brief
and bare note about the possible scope of the issue, hardly
dressed for public view. My intentions unfortunately were unclear,
and the elliptical little piece appeared abortively before
Humanists's eyes.

Several queries about the blurb have reached me, so let me
say more:

The special issue will appear next year (vol. 24, no. 6).
Suggestions to help define its scope are welcome, and proposals
for articles are invited. The deadline date for proposal
abstracts is July 15, 1989. The deadline for the completed
manuscripts abstracts will be February 1, 1990.

I would appreciate suggestions as to what sort of materials
ought to go into the issue. The tentative plan goes as follows:

The issue will contain articles that introduce the networks
and diverse lists available internationally to scholars. It will
contain practical information about using Listserv, for example,
as well as about operating lists such as HUMANIST, HUMBUL,
PHILOSOP, NOTABENE, and so forth. Additionally, it will contain
information about the different online catalogs of research
libraries that are available for remote access, and about the
databases available through remote access to scholars and
students around the world.

I hope the above information resolves the earlier confusion.
Do make suggestions and proposals.

Terrence Erdt erdt@vuvaxcom (215) 645-4670
Associate Editor
Computers and the Humanities

Graduate Department of Library Science
Villanova University
Villanova, PA 19085
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Date: 25 June 1989
From: Willard McCarty <MCCARTY@vm.epas.utoronto.ca>
Subject: private or public mail?

Those of you who have been on Humanist some time will have seen a note
to this effect before. Please forgive the repetition.

Because every message you receive from Humanist is first filtered
through me as editor, ListServ puts my name and e-mail address in the
"From:" line of everything it sends out to Humanists. For this reason,
those who use the "reply" function in their mailers to respond to
Humanist in fact send their contributions to me rather than to Humanist.
("Reply" is so handy a way to respond that it would be utterly futile
for me to protest, so I don't.) The result, however, is that public as
well as private messages arrive in my account, and I have no way to
distinguish them other than by content. Sometimes this is very difficult
to do, so I rely on my own judgment, and sometimes (mirabile dictu!) my
judgment fails me.

So, if you send me private mail that on no account should be
published, please label it as such, unless you can be absolutely certain
that I will understand your intentions.

A story is told about an office worker in one of the departments of the
U.N. in New York, who when a new wordprocessing and communications
system was installed, decided to write a personal note to a friend in
another, physically distant office. The note, when finished, contained
much gossip of the most personal and embarrassing kind about some
prominent co-workers. The hapless victim of high-tech then pushed a
button to send the message, but got the wrong button, with the result
that the signed message was immediately distributed to all news desks in
the U.N.

Most of the time I can support the claim to being more intelligent than
a button, but not always, so beware!

Willard McCarty
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Date: 24 June 1989
From: Willard McCarty <MCCARTY@vm.epas.utoronto.ca>
Subject: killing in Tien-an-men Square

An eye-witness report to the killing of students and others in
Tien-an-men Square, Beijing, PRC, can be obtained from Martin Ryle,
ryle@urvax.urich.edu, by request. He asks in return that you forward to
him any other such reports that you may have.

Please do not send requests to Humanist but directly to Martin Ryle.

Willard McCarty (with permission, on behalf of Martin Ryle)