Inkwell: Authors and Artists
Cliff Figallo (fig) Fri 22 Nov 02 11:10
We will, Jon. We'll keep checking back in. Thanks, everyone!
Nancy White (choco) Fri 22 Nov 02 11:13
I want to echo Jon's thanks to Nancy and Cliff for letting us pester them. I've read the book and suggest that if conversations are of interest to you, you pick it up. The historical context set up in the beginning is fascinating and something that is often left out of the conversation (more square wheels?) Thanks, Cliff and Nancy!
Nancy Rhine (nancy) Fri 22 Nov 02 14:13
Our pleasure! See ya' round (virtual) town!
John Payne (satyr) Sat 7 Dec 02 21:20
Just now getting around to reading the last half of the foregoing, and a couple of things occur to me. One is that there is a perfectly good word (albeit one long fallen into disuse) to describe people who specialize in doing the writing that others lack the knack/time/predisposition to do: scribes. The other is that not everyone you might want to involve in a conversation sits at a desk with a network-connected computer in front of them. Light, portable devices, such as the Simputer http://www.simputer.org/ or the new tablet PCs, with some means for periodically exchanging information with the network, might be just what's needed in many circumstances.
Cliff Figallo (fig) Mon 16 Dec 02 09:20
Hi, John. I agree that scribes are needed to convey important goings-on to others, and that such reporting is part of the c0nversation. Journalists should see their work as part of a conversation rather than the last word. And the idea of extending communications technologies so that people can be involved who don't have convenient access to net-connected PCs is important if this is to become anything like a global village. I'm writing an article for a Dutch biotechnology journal about the kinds of devices (including the Simputer) that will be the channels for spreading knowledge about biotech promise and threats in the developing world.
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