RE: virus: Swollen Ranks

Richard Brodie (
Thu, 4 Mar 1999 17:14:19 -0800

Dave Pape wrote:

<<Wasn't there some mythical golden age when mailing lists and newsgroups
were allegedly less hierarchical than they are now? >>

Mythical, maybe. In real life? Doubtful. I started one of the first global mailing lists in 1979: SF-LOVERS. Even then there was a clear hierarchy. It's a function of being human, I think, not of the list milieu.

Richard Brodie Author, "Virus of the Mind: The New Science of the Meme" Free newsletter! Visit Meme Central at