Date: Mon, 31 Oct 1994 11:16:10 -0800
From: Birrell Walsh birrell[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]WELL.SF.CA.US
Subject: Re: offending idioms
On Mon, 31 Oct 1994, David Muschell wrote:
In response to Gregory D. Waltigney, who wrote:
Perhaps those out there who feel the need to use this forum as a soapbox
for determining political correctness could take their drivel elsewhere
rather than degenerating into a bunch of blathering "offending idiots"!
I have read very little drivel as I've followed (and participated) in this
particular discussion and even less blather. Personally, the suggestion to
take the debate elsewhere is a kind of prescription in itself--one that
would negate the very value of this computer conference. Of course I take
the above suggestion seriously, and at a real conference I'd probably laugh
it off as a small, crotchety response to the more important issue. But
since budgetary constraints probably won't allow me to attend a "real"
conference, this electronic space for analyzing, conversing, and
"listening" to other fine scholars has become a fine way to breach the
isolation of individual institutions. Intuitively, ADS has gotten involved
in a thought-provoking line of discussion that mirrors an issue seen being
explored in the media with the publication of THE BELL CURVE.
A rare art is here being practiced: gracious praise.
Thank you, David!