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Re: [BKARTS] what's happened to this group?



The best way for someone posting a query to respond to responses is to take what is useful and discard what is not. And don't take anything personally because it diminishes you and is beside the point.

A nuts and bolts inquiry should focus on the process and references address content and approach which are best offered by those involved in like work. Some may not understand or have an interest in this work and that is natural.

This seems to be true of business in most clubs including other clubs and lists I have become involved  in. Whether slights are intentional or simply read the wrong way, acknowledging them is not productive.

Michael

--- On Tue, 4/14/09, Laura Mappin <laura@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
From: Laura Mappin <laura@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [BKARTS] what's happened to this group?
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 9:15 AM

"splitting" can only be successful with the cooperation of the
splittees.

laura mappin
www.lauramappin.com
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Book_Arts-L [mailto:BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Paul T
Werner
Sent: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 6:19 AM
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [BKARTS] what's happened to this group?

It's called "splitting," and it's a tactic well-known to
teachers and
shrinks.
Student uses the sense of responsibility of the teacher or the list
member ("I need help with this project!") to draw us in, and pretty
soon
we've
all been "exposed" and we're all at each others' throats,
which is the real
payoff. I had to smile when even Michael couldn't keep his own scorecard 
straight as to who was a "homophobe" and who wasn't. 

Strictly amateur stuff; most of us engage in splitting in small, harmless
ways,
but it can get nasty sometimes if the splitter is desperate enough,
especially 
for a teacher who after all has a professional responsibility towards
his/her 
students. Every few years I get a panicked call from a department 
chair because one of my students has accused me of 
homophobia/antisemitism/communism/sexism/racism/etc. Then we talk about 
it. Then we have a good laugh. Then we go back to doing our jobs as best we 
know how, not to mention admiring the sunrise...

Paul Werner, New York
http://theorangepress.com

WOID: A journal of visual language

                                    
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