RE: virus: Swollen Ranks

Dave Pape (
Fri, 05 Mar 1999 10:52:07 -0800

At 17:14 04/03/99 -0800, you wrote:
>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.

Yeh, that makes sense- hence my use of "mythical" in the post. Hierarchies just emerge, don't they, in more or less /any/ grouping of people, virtual or otherwise. Tell you what, I'm SURE virtual hierarchy is one of the forces underlying the development of human culture... I can feel a poorly thought out, rambling post that generates a baffled lack of response coming on...