Re: RJ trial

William Bangs (wbbangs@U.WASHINGTON.EDU)
Wed, 15 Mar 1995 16:44:12 -0800

On Wed, 15 Mar 1995, Harriet Whitehead wrote:

> 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

She's right!