Re: ANTHRO-L Digest - 7 Jan 1995 to 8 Jan 1995

Mon, 9 Jan 1995 09:16:00 CDT

Recent there were posts suggesting questions for the analysis of "flames",
especially the identification of inflammatory subjects.
I follow far too many nets, but have found that flames often erupt over the most
trivial subjects (like whether you should videotape excavating a pot or the
frequency of radar or ...). And i have found a few rare nets that manage to
discuss quite sensitive subjects like abortion without any significant heat - i
don't think it's coincidental that these nets tend to be strongly oriented
toward women. I do think it's quite educational to go back to the "point of
ignition", especially where/when the thread begins name-calling and personal attacks.
My wife showed me one further important parameter: "Look at the first names".