e-mail as evidence
Fri Nov 21 08:01:24 CST 1997
interesting digest last night.
first, it seems to have some connections with previous threads about the
*necessity* of reading evidence in debates. the analytical arguments
grounded from e-mails might not be acceptable if they aren't _EVIDENCE_.
second, primary research skills should be applauded. Sometimes i wonder
how many students know what a footnote is. cycnial crumudgeon comment.
third, the technology involved is exploding the traditional notions of
publishing and public domain. Former Evanston Wildcat Ben Attias
teaches a graduate course which covers this and other interesting issues
at <http://www.vcsun.org/~battias/class/454/fall97/syl.html> To put
collective heads in the sand will not eliminate the changing climate of
what constitutes publication.
fourth, case-by-case is an interesting notion --- but it seems to
require some sense of drawing lines. The question of interpreting what
constitutes contextual violations is usually a case-by-case evaluation
and yet there is some community sentiment to inform or predict which
evidence is acceptable, which isn't and what consequences to accept from
various points along the path.
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