I don't disagree with that, but I'd set the accents a little differently.
In the technical community in which you do some of your work the
technologies you refer to probably work quite well. But as far as I can
see, neither the TEI Council nor the TEI Board currently consist (or are
likely to consist in the foreseeable future) entirely or even largely of
individuals for whom these new forms of communication are second nature.
Not to speak of the fact that a many-to-many virtual meeting of a dozen
people across three continents and half a dozen time zones with full
support of video and shared access to the same screen page is way beyond
the technical and financial resources of the institutions where the Board
and Council members work. We're not there yet and won't be there for quite
On 8/28/11 6:32 PM, "stuart yeates" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>On 29/08/11 03:32, Martin Mueller wrote:
>> My hunch is that human communication benefits from an "Antaeus
>> return to the earth or face to face from time to time and more rather
>> less often. Virtual many-to-many communication, whether video chat,
>> teleconferencing, or whatever other technology there may, is a dicey
>> enterprise even for people who speak the same language unless it is
>> grounded in a habit of quite literally staying in touch.
>My hunch is different.
>My hunch is that what is needed is out-of-band communication, so that
>when one person 'has the floor' (whether physically, by audio
>conference, video conference or text chat) they have feedback from the
>other participants as to how their message is being received (and to all
>for graceful interjections).
>Body language is a highly evolved and natural form of feedback, but
>other forms are possible. Use of twitter in conferences is a topical
>Additionally, I frequently find technical meetings more productive when
>some participants have access to a web browser (to follow references,
>check facts etc).
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