I have belonged to a number of listservs, and have noticed a trend among many of them to start out very passionately, and then sort of peter off, with folks posting every so often, if at all. Occasionally, someone will post a sort of “Is anyone there?” message to the list, in the event that the listserv may have been dismantled, due to lack of use, or disinterest.
And oftentimes, a listserv may begin with impassioned arguments, and sort of end up as a community message board, with folks posting notices of upcoming events. Some lists still retain their link to whatever it was that brought them all together in the first place, but it sort of degenerates into a group of single-minded posters, a listserv with a Group-Mind mentality, if you will.
Some remain active in name only, no one having posted anything for months, perhaps even longer. I belong to a couple of those, as well. I don’t think it’s anyone’s “fault” - it’s just one of those things.
One of the best listservs I have ever been on
Fayetteville’s Community Access Television has the CATProducer listserv. Whatever it may have been originally set up for, it’s a great place to debate politics (local, national and international), literature, art, journalism, movies, freedom of speech, new technologies, and even share bad jokes if you want to.
Oh, yeah, and we talk about the world of public access.
There is no fussy moderator to chide you, if you have gone “off-topic.”
The listserv, like C.A.T. itself, is a true tapestry of the community. In a real sense, though, it’s a tapestry of a much larger community, as the subjects are so far-reaching.
If you want some real debate to stir your blood, or just want to see a listserv that knows how to adapt and survive, check out the CATProducer list.
I’m not sure how to get onto it. I suppose if you call 479-444-3433, they may be able to give you a clue.
Quote of the Day
With all history to contradict us, it is hardly worthwhile to speak of city life as entailing "spiritual loss," because it is out of touch with Nature. It is in touch with humanity, and humanity is Nature's heaviest asset. - Agnes Repplier, "Times and Tendencies"
A brief nugget from the CAT Producer list
Local writer and C.A.T. producer C.F. Roberts wrote this recently about the Twitter phenomenon:
Back when I was introduced to the Internet in days of yore my friends brought me to a chat room they frequented....I popped around that community for a while and it was kind of an unsatisfying experience...as I got more net-savvy I found that "message boards" afforded a little more substance than the accelerated pace of chat rooms...
Mostly I think the progression of social media seems to lend itself to more acceleration and less substance...so you go from a site where you can post blogs, show videos, post slideshows and have conversations to this fleeting hit-and-run where you can leave important notes like "I can't find my contact lens" or "on my way to work, now".....and maybe Ernest Hemingway would be proud, but I don't know whether it furthers human relations any.
When you bust it down to that little you emphasize the fact that we're busy.....and yes----we're BUSY----but I don't know that it's really an advance in anything but dehumanization.