Re: ARCH-L Digest - 1 May 1996 to 2 May

John Pastore (venture@CANCUN.RCE.COM.MX)
Fri, 3 May 1996 02:22:59 +0000

On 3 May 96 at 9:58, Read, Dwight ANTHRO wrote:

> I've only followed this discussion cusorily, but thought perhaps it
> might be worth noting that one of the reasons for looking at
> someone's affiliation is simply to use that as a proxy for the
> likelihood that the text is of value. When time limits require that
> reading choices be selective, then we look for ways to make rational
> choices and one way is via the author's credentials. It may not be
> fair to the person without "credentials," but sometimes pragmatism
> raises its ugly head.

Thinking of how "credentials", in many circumstances and societies
siginifys being "liscensed" --where liscenses are awarded to
so-called practicioners of fields of knowledge who have paid for the
"liscenses", I would think that you would want to reevaluate what you
have just said in light of the ramifications it could have for, this,
an international forum, not a provincial one, and, certainly, not a
college's classroom. In any event, I think that such "selective"
browsing is least fair for the reader who would use such a criteria.

Ka Xiik Keech Ya Utzil,

John Pastore
Writer/Guide in 'El Mayab'
("The Mayan Homeland")