Dialogue Expt Here LO10181

Jim Michmerhuizen (jamzen@world.std.com)
Thu, 26 Sep 1996 09:11:20 -0400 (EDT)

Replying to LO10161 --

On Tue, 24 Sep 1996, jack hirschfeld wrote:

> The second issue is: How do we indicate silence in the conversation? Is
> there some sign we can create to indicate unspeaking presence? This is,
> in my opinion, one of the obstacles to dialogue in an electronic
> environment.

Why is this an issue? One of the glories, to me, of internet conversation
is that the *silence* is already there, always, surrounding me now even as
I write this. It is impossible for me to interrupt anyone else, and
impossible that anyone else could interrupt me.

So I can't think of what, in an email dialogue here, would be analogous to
the silence of, say, Michael McMasters' gong.

The only analogy that comes readily to mind is that a thread will
sometimes die down for a couple of days -- its contributors undergo a
spontaneous and collective "silence".

But I can't figure out whether that's what you're referring to. Help me.

     Jim Michmerhuizen    jamzen@world.std.com
     web residence at     http://world.std.com/~jamzen/
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