Re: flames and names

Harriet Whitehead (whitehea@WSUAIX.CSC.WSU.EDU)
Mon, 9 Jan 1995 07:46:38 -31802

I find Burton's note on flames very intriguing. Could he tell us more
about what you will find when you look at the first names?

By the way, I congratulate ANTHRO-L for surviving the recent "mankind"
flame war. I understand from a friend that the Philosophy and Literature
List burned down over the word "gentlemen."

Harriet Whitehead
Anthropology, WSU

On Mon, 9 Jan 1995, James H. Burton wrote:

> 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 att
> acks.
> My wife showed me one further important parameter: "Look at the first names".
> imltho