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Subject: Re: Please prune this list!
From: "Roger B.A. Klorese" <rogerk @ queernet . org>
Date: Fri, 05 Jul 2002 00:24:33 -0700
To: Shannon Appelcline <shannon @ erzo . org>
Cc: J C Lawrence <claw @ kanga . nu>, Thomas Gramstad <thomas @ ifi . uio . no>, list-managers <list-managers @ greatcircle . com>
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Shannon Appelcline wrote:
Me, I don't want the lowest common denominator. I hang out with intelligent people in real-life and talk about real things.

Yes, and there are lots of intelligent people who aren't intelligent about everything, nor do they have to be. I don't care if my brain surgeon knows baseball, or if my car mechanic knows SMTP.

I was going to say that you might be doing more "good for the world" than J.C. because you're bringing Internet opiate to the masses. But, on reflection, I'm not convinced of that. You seem to want to offer your lists to everyone; conversely J.C.'s lists produce very useful content that always makes me think and sometimes even influences my job.

Which is better?

Neither.

I do, however, take pride in the fact that my "populist" lists have averted at least one suicide, freed many from abusive homes, and started lots of relationships. If the computer-literacy bar had been higher, I doubt any of those would have happened.




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