Mailing List Dynamics

Mailing list dynamics are often fascinating: a complex self-disorganizing system, like a bunch of really dumb ants who are neither very good at finding food, nor at finding their way back to the nest. When they work their best, they’re a fabulous tool for decentralized group communication, thinking and decision-making. At their worst…

Today’s case in point is a thread on our local bike-racers mailing list that somehow in the last hour exploded into a discussion of Catholicism and abortion politics. Boom. It was a thing to behold. No Nazi references yet, but the afternoon is young.

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