Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 198.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2001 08:45:36 +0100
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Francois Lachance)
Subject: Salutations and Addresses
Dear fellow subscribers,
Epistolary researchers are attentive to the clues that envelopes (or the
recto of a sealed missive) might offer.
I am wondering if the electronic medium helps us communicate the same
sensitivity to students. That is, in getting them to read (& use
efficiently and effectively) the headers as well as the salutations. There
is of course the evident possibility of filtering messages based on
rules relating to distribution information.
I am wondering how people's use of group reply and blind copies affects
the types of saluations that appear in their message. To what extent does
letter writing occur in a "fish-bowl" environment in the sense that the
mindful letter writer is composing in a condition of being "overheard".
This set of questions stems in part from a discussion of the rhetoric of
which is here offered as a modest token of appreciation for the pleasure I
have received in observing the exchanges passing through Humanist these
last few years.
-- Francois Lachance, Scholar-at-large http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~lachance/ivt.htm per Interactivity ad Virtuality via Textuality
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