Yes, indeed. And since we love RRE and Phil so much, perhaps
we should add his new book "Computation and Human Experience" to
our reading list-
He just posted the introduction to RRE; looks cool.
> It's weird, because it's guidelines for designing action alerts,
> but to tell you the truth, if spammers designed their spammail this way,
> I don't think I'd take nearly as much offense at the spammail I get.
Ah, but if spam followed his advice, such as clearly identifying the
originator, and selectively targetting audiences, it wouldn't be spam,
now would it?
Just one comment on his guidelines:
> > (19) Don't mistake e-mail for organizing. An action alert is not an
> > organization. If you want to build a lasting political movement, at some
> > point you'll have to gather people together. The Internet is a useful
> > tool for organizing, but it's just one tool and one medium among many
just one tool? Today maybe. Long term, I think he's right that physical
f2f meetings will always have a role, but I expect to see every non-f2f
encounter at some point get subsumed by the Net.
> > that you will need, and you should evaluate it largely in terms of its
> > contribution to larger organizing goals. Do the people you reach through
> > Internet alerts move up into more active positions in your movement?
> > Do you draw them into conferences, talk to them by phone, meet them in
> > person, become accountable to them to provide specific information and
> > answer questions? If not, why do you keep reaching out to them?