Re: RJ trial

Harriet Whitehead (whitehea@WSUNIX.WSU.EDU)
Wed, 15 Mar 1995 07:57:56 -0800

to hear the different images people are coming up with to try to
understand the social nature of the "list" : a local bar, a salon, now a
seminar. Oh yes, and someone conjured up a herd of deer with 'young buck'
(presumably Johnson) challenging the male elders...hunh? Not really the
way a herd of deer is organized, and not an image that would've done
Johnson any good anyway considering the number of "does" on the list that
were voting for his exclusion. But still. The one image that no one seems
to conjure, but that fits Johnson's behavior the best is that of Hyde Park
corner, with soap-box harangers setting up their stations and carrying on
verbal abuse battles with their audience in between bouts of proclaiming
their message. (There are some bible-thumpers doing that on the WSU
campus right now). Entertaining, to be sure, but obviously not what most
of us listers want to engage in. Which brings me to my point: most of us
are unaware of the implicit social processes that are structuring our
engagements until something interferes with their normal use. In this
case, the process isn't 'censorship', really, it's exclusion. Its going
on all the time for both good and bad reasons, and usually we do it
through body language, subtle re-locations, pulling people aside etc.
Electronic media force us to see these tendencies a little more blatantly
than most of us are comfortable with.
I'd welcome other 'images' of the list as a social entity if
anyone's interested.

Harriet Whitehead
Anthropology, WSU