Clipper: Denning v Barlow Debate on AOL

Matt Cable mcable at
Fri Mar 11 06:22:29 PST 1994

On Thu, 10 Mar 1994, Timothy C. May wrote:

> K00L, RayDewd! Like, I'm glad dewdz like you can , like, _follow_ this
> stuff. Maybe you can translate it into ordinary prose for old farts
> like me, who favore multi-sentence paragraphs and even reasonably
> thorough explications of ideas that don't fit into a single line of
> repartee!
> No insult to Arsen Ray is meant, and there may even be some nuggets in
> there I missed. But it sure does reinforce my hatred for "IRC" and
> similar fora for the attention-challenged. From what I could see
> scrolling by from Ms. Denning, she wasn't getting into the "dewd
> repartee" either, showing that we have at least one thing in common.
> Repartee has its place, and we all do it. But the format here is not
> conducive to getting views exchanged and coherent thoughts developed.
> What a waste. 
> Me, I'm not as polite as Ms. Denning. About one minute into this I
> woulda said "Fuck this shit, I'm outta here!"
> --Tim May

you apparently didn't read the stuff preceeding the log.  Those comments 
(with the (6)'s in front) are only heard by others in your row.  Its all 
organized like an auditorium.  Denning and Barlow didn't see any of that 
going on.

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