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Many of the recent posts regarding topics such as PBS funding and
the interpretation of music videos have strayed from SCREEN-L's
guidelines.  I've been holding to the principle that the best
moderating is the least moderating, but there've been a couple of posts I
let through only after my finger hovered over the DELETE key for
a several seconds.
 
Please, folks, let's keep things civil...
 
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   making film and television--whether they are film/TV
   educators, students, professionals, media librarians, or
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   In other words, SCREEN-L messages should somehow relate to
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   to SCREEN-L need not be dry, didactic treatises from which
   all joy has been crushed.  But also, they should not noodle
   on about, say, the poster's penchant for full-lipped actors.
 
   CINEMA-L, a lively list also devoted to film, provides an
   entertaining forum for folks wanting to chat more informally
   about the movies.  Its address is [log in to unmask]  There
   are other film and TV lists available as well.  Contact Jeremy
   Butler for more details.
 
 
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   mail messages.  It's always a good idea to sign your message
   with something more human sounding than your e-mail address
   (e.g., Jeremy Butler rather than [log in to unmask]).
 
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   should avoid sending personal messages to a single person
   through SCREEN-L.
 
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The first thing the communists will do when they take over a country
is to outlaw cockfighting.
                         --John Monks, Oklahoma state senator, while
                           defending cockfighting (1994)
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| Jeremy Butler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - [log in to unmask] |
| SCREEN-L Coordinator                                                   |
| Telecommunication & Film Dept * The University of Alabama * Tuscaloosa |