[Air-l] Air-list

joshua raclaw Joshua.Raclaw at colorado.edu
Wed Sep 13 20:19:37 PDT 2006


I wouldn't say we all have the 'have to' impulse, having deleted a number of
these recent emails outright rather than wade through them all while hoping for
something list-relevant :)

I'm not sure I see the connection between that kind of impetus and F2F habits,
though - attending to list posts involves actively opening emails using a
medium that was designed for asynchronous communication, which I don't see much
of a parallel to in face to face spoken discourse (though I could certainly see
a parallel between the unopened mail in the inbox to the summons of a telephone
ring, where the 'expected' action is to give the message your time).  I think
defining 'the floor' as being the same in email and F2F is where I'm seeing the


Joshua Raclaw - PhD student
Department of Linguistics
Culture, Language & Social Practice
University of Colorado at Boulder

Quoting Christian Nelson <xianknelson at mac.com>:

* On Sep 13, 2006, at 7:33 PM, radhika gajjala wrote:
* > its so sad that people (and I include myself here) have to waste their
* > time and energy arguing over all this when there is so much else to be
* > done - both onine and offline.
* "Have to"? That's the feeling I'm interested in. Does everyone feel
* that? They can't help but read everything posted to the list? Where
* does that come from? Is it, as I earlier suggested, due to a holdover
* of f2f habits, or something else?
* --Christian
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