Given that my recent comments have precipitated a reaction on the part of
some readers that perhaps the list should be split I thought that a response
from me would be appropriate.
Clearly, the breaking of the list would be an unfortunate and unintended
consequence. When I made the comments that I did a week or so ago my
intentions were modest: Assist in creating an online environment that would
encourage a broader participation of diverse voices rather than the somewhat
narrow discussions that often occurs when one person or another takes issue
with a certain key word or concept. What led me to take this step and post
my message was the realization that there were over 1,500 members on the
list and yet we only hear from fifty or so members at best. More than that,
there were times when I wanted to engage only to withdraw when the
conversation became too narrow for me. I believe that I used the word
arcaneš in my original post. It was at these same times that I sensed that
I was not the only person in this position. Everyone should be mindful that
what I am expressing is very much a personal opinion. In support, several of
you responded offline that you shared my thoughts.
I very much enjoy the discussions but do admit to turning off when it
appears to reach the level of a 'family feud,' i.e., my philosopher is
better than your philosopher. That said, I agree with the general sentiment
that the list should not be split.
Jacques Giard, PhD
Professor and Director
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-2105
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