OT: Re: apologies for bad chicken & nasa jokes / EA & stickin to th script


Subject: OT: Re: apologies for bad chicken & nasa jokes / EA & stickin to th script
From: Ian Stewart (stewart@econtact.ca)
Date: Wed Oct 12 2005 - 21:17:58 EDT


miriam clinton (iriXx) writes:
> some considered James Joyce too
> difficult to read when he first published, and banned him.

If you're talking about Ulysses, it was not Joyce's first publication, and
it was banned for what some considered 'obscene content', not for style.

> the vast majority of thee live in the US of A no?

Perhaps Kevin would have a rough idea, but I would guess that no more than a
quarter of list subscribers are American. Not that free speech isn't just as
valued elsewhere!

> there is something called the First Amendment which upholds freedom of
> expression and freedom of speech.

It is not a restriction of free speech to ask (or even force) emails to be
kept on topic on an email list. After all, I wouldn't expect 'Racecar
Driver' magazine to publish an article on Italian cooking. Restricting spam
and junk email, or unsubscribing trolls from email lists- these are more
closely related issues than restricting free speech.

> there is something called the First Amendment which upholds freedom of
> expression and freedom of speech.
> this is all that sylvi wishes to exercise - her freedom of expression.

I did express a concern that the number of off-topic posts was leading some
to unsubscribe, but I was speaking generally, not about any poster in
particular. Until now, no one has directed any comments specifically to
Sylvi, and I hope she hasn't felt that this was the case.

sorry for an off-topic post!

all the best,
Ian



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