Re: WWW Conferencing

Martin Rich (M.G.Rich%CITY.AC.UK@vm.ucs.UAlberta.CA)
Thu, 8 Jun 1995 21:20:00 +0100

I agree with David that the web is, generally, a 'friendlier' way of
using the net than e-mail.  It's pleasanter to browse through information
that's available, than to have a listserv continuously add to a pile of
messages that might be difficult to sift through (this is said with some
feeling, as ICDE has triggered an automatic message from our postmaster
asking me to reduce the size of my in-box).

Mail is a wonderful medium for one-to-one communication because it
delivers information directly to its recipient.  But a discussion such as
this relies on one-to-many and many-to-many communication, and it is
worth looking at media such as the web which are designed with that in mind.

That said, I cannot share some people's enthusiasm for newsgroups.  Most
news software is clumsy and lacks intuition, and most newsgroups become
clogged very quickly with repetitive or trivial messages.  Which
reinforces my argument (in the interaction stream) that teachers need to
offer some intervantion to use CMC as an effective learning tool


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On Thu, 8 Jun 1995, David R. Woolley wrote:

> Ralph, you've mentioned one of the biggest advantages of e-mail: it just
> shows up in your mailbox. Its other advantage is that it's the lowest common
> denominator of Internet services. It reaches more people than any other