[EDEQUITY] RE: Administrator's Note

From: Linda Purrington (lpurring@earthlink.net)
Date: Thu May 18 2000 - 11:32:56 EDT

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    Dear Susan and Edequity List:
    First, I apologize for anything I may have done to make others feel the
    recent interchanges have been unproductive. That said, I want to suggest
    a slightly different view of those interchanges and how to structure
    Edequity discussions. I am replying to the list, not the admin, for
    specific reasons.
         First, I think a certain amount of conflict is not only inevitable but
    healthy--it sharpens minds as well as tongues--on both sides of an
         Second, this is a public list and is archived publicly. Thus when
    interested students or distraught parents, or teachers of goodwill look
    for information on a subject that this list covers, such as Title IX,
    they right away find Edequity messages and participants.
         Therefore, it is useful to have issues discussed and argued in public.
    The contributions will end up in term papers, dissertations, debates,
    news stories, conferences, teach-ins, T-shirt slogans, legislation,
    lawsuits, and lesson plans across the world.
         And furthermore,we should pose each message as something that might be
    used, thought about, quoted--and misused. Each piece should generally be
    short, succinct, and self-explanatory--especially as Edequity has lopped
    the participant name off the incoming message and lopped off the message
    to which the participant was replying. (I am not objecting to these
    changes; I'm just pointing out the need for more exact writing in
    responses--explain what you are adding to, responding to, objecting to,
    etc. This can be done without giving your opponent more air time.)
         And each message should have at least one wider audience than the one
    to which you are ostensibly replying. For example, I get a lot of
    requests for high school term paper information; high schoolers are a
    very educable bunch of future activists. Our messages on Edequity should
    be understandable to them.
         Finally, we should pay attention to the medium--really, people are
    busy,and and a message of opinion that is longer than a screenful is
    usually flicked out into cyberspace unread. (If you got this far, you
    probably noticed I am trying to do this but not always succeeding.)
    Have a good week,
    Linda Purrington
    Title IX Advocates

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