Date: Wed, 14 Jun 1995 11:01:12 +0100 From: debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UIUC.EDU Subject: Re: new phrase One of the initial presuppositions of email is that it represents a freedom from conventional communication constraints, eg no salutation or capitalization or even much in the way of punctuation. I don't think we need to worry about French enamel, either. But I do notice that with the advent of more sophisticated mail programs like Eudora, which give us the option of writing that is more like word-processor writing, people are starting to bring in the old constraints, worrying about appropriateness, spelling, fancy sig.files, and so on. So my question is this, was the freedom and anarchy of early net communication partly a function of the limited word processing technology, and is that starting to recede? Woe the day when mail programs get spell checking utilities! Dennis -- Dennis Baron debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Department of English office: 217-333-2392 University of Illinois fax: 217-333-4321 608 South Wright Street home: 217-384-1683 Urbana, Illinois 61801