Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 318.  Sunday, 23 May 1993.
From:           Michael Best <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Saturday, 22 May 93 09:26:08 PDT
Subject:        SHAKSPER's Uses
One of the things that delights me about the SHAKSPER network is that
so many people can respond so quickly at times of the year when I'm
rigid with classes to prepare, papers to mark . . .
Another is that the community of interest is so wide, and that the
responses to queries are (almost always) tolerant and helpful. I have
collected all kinds of useful references for my general interest
bibliography, and I have an extensive file of "clippings" -- comments
that are useful, stimulating, amusing, whatever.
I don't know about Vint Cerf's idea of publishing bits and pieces,
however; one of the great things about email is that it has its own
kind of discourse -- one where you type right on the mainframe without
the useful gadgets of your favourite word processor, so you don't
proof-read, or go and look up a precise reference. It's more like a
good faculty/student lounge where you can chat and be a bit controversial
/confrontational if the coffee/beer hits the right/wrong spot.
And it saves paper too.

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