The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0696  Tuesday, 20 April 1999.

From:           Michael Mullin <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 20 Apr 1999 04:27:57 +1000
Subject:        Shakespeare Numbers

Can anyone out there supply better numbers for the various Shakespeare
communities? I'm writing a piece for Shakespeare in the Classroom, and
these estimates may be way off.


Community Audience (North America), annually Interactivity
Theatre 1,800,000 9,000 (minimal)
Film, TV, & Video 18,000,000 Nil
Secondary Schools 1,400,000 70,000 (in-class discussion, passive
note-takers excluded)
Post-secondary 250,000 200,00 (as above)
Distance Education 25,000 Minimal interaction
Active researchers 500 500 (Email, phone, conferences)
SHAKSPER listserv 1,000 300 (active, not lurkers)
World Wide Web 21,476,500 (all of the above, and more) All levels of

Michael Mullin

[Editor's Note: I have already written to Michael, but for anyone
interested SHAKSPER's membership is approaching 1,500 from forty-six
countries. I am not even sure I could offer a number for the active
participants in SHAKSPER. I would need to have a working definition. Is
an active member one who posts daily, weekly, monthly, once or twice a
year? And even with this definition I'm not sure I could still offer an
estimate. -Hardy]

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