[Air-l] email privacy

Mark D. Johns johnsmar at luther.edu
Wed Feb 15 10:58:43 PST 2006

wrc at tcfir.org wrote:
> Dear Colleagues,
> I am troubled that I cannot email other members directly as I see fit...

And just what is stopping you from doing this?
If you have an email address, as you would if the person has posted 
something of interest to you on the list, you may certainly respond to 
that person with a personal email note rather than as a posting on the 
list (just as this note is being sent both as a personal note as well as 
to the list). If someone has posted a paper or other material on the 
website, there is generally contact information with it, unless the 
person posting has intentionally suppressed it. But if your intent is 
simply to send email randomly to AoIR members rather than responding to 
specific issues or scholarship, well yes, that's spam, and you can keep 
it to yourself, thank you very much. Frankly, I don't see an issue here.
Mark D. Johns, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Studies
Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
"Get the facts first. You can distort them later."
     ---Mark Twain

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