Re: Community

Nils Zurawski (zurawsk@UNI-MUENSTER.DE)
Thu, 5 Oct 1995 12:27:43 +0100

>John McCreery wrote:
>I can speak only for myself. Anthro-L is now an
>important part of my life, the place where I try out
>ideas that otherwise would stay spinning vacuously
>inside my head. It is also a place where I meet
>interesting people who sometimes share my exotic
>concerns. I have likened our community to a bar, and
>so it still seems to me. It's a place where I hang out,
>and when one of the regulars decides to move
>somewhere else I miss them. My wish is that others
>would join in more actively. Too often I find our
>threads unraveling, just when it seems we are finally
>starting to get somewhere. I would like it to be a safe
>place where speculations gambol like mountain goats
>among the clouds, dancing on a bit of factual granite
>that holds them up.

I like your view of this list as a bar. Although I am a regular concerning
reading the postings, I am alittle weak when it comes to activley
participating. That may be because a lot of the stuff is very America
orientated. I don't say thats bad, but it often is not too catching for me.

Anyway, Anthro-L hAs become part of my cyberlife and also of my "real" life
when I tell friends about what someine wrote, what discussions are going on
to get a feedback, to bring second thought from others back into the

In the vast space of the cyberworld, that is getting bigger and bigger
every day it's good to know at least some people "personally".
Even if the whole world will be connected eventually someday, the most
interesting communications will be with people that we "know".

The Net will not bring us all together, but different people that wouldn't
have met otherwise. I believe that an intense virtual community has the
same qualities as any other. Although this is only a scientific orientated
list there is a feel of a relativly close community. After all we are
anthropologists or like these people.