Illustrated SCD Book and Posters

Murray Wilson

Message 21587 · 22 Jun 2000 15:18:40 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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At 16:32 20/06/00 +0200, you wrote:
>Melbourne Briscoe <Xxx@Xxxxxxx.xxx> writes:
>
>> but I don't find the posters referred to in the message below to be the way
>> I think about SCD, and not at all the way I would like to portray it to
>> newcomers. In fact, I find most of the posters somewhat irritating or even
>> offensive. [...]
>> Perhaps, at most, it is a flame toward the posters themselves and what they
>> represent.
>>
>> Sorry to be so grumpy so early in the week, but I care a lot about SCD and
>> don't want to see it represented in this way.
>
>I've had a look at the WWW site when it was new and I thought some of
>the posters in question (not all) actually were quite funny. However I
>can see that others would disagree with that. (Probably some would find
>the unfunny-to-me posters utterly hilarious and vice-versa.)
>
>Anyway I'd say that whether the pictures are irritating or offensive or
>side-splittingly comical isn't going to make a big difference in the
>grand scheme of things. What is really more important when it comes to
>portraying SCD to newcomers is the attitude of the people that they have
>to contend with -- teachers and fellow group-members and so on. If
>newcomers are greeted with sincerity, openness and consideration I don't
>think whatever is printed in a book or put up on a wall alone is going
>to turn them off (other things may). And at the end of the day it's up
>to you whether you put up the Edge Reels posters at your beginner's
>class! If you think people won't enjoy them (and the British approach to
>that may well be different from the American approach) then just leave
>them where they are (in the privacy of your home or in Edge, as the case
>may be).
>
>The thing that concerns me more about this issue has to do with the
>Strathspey list. Careful readers of the list will have noticed that the
>Edge Reels poster announcement had been published for the first time on
>24 May, about four weeks ago. Now I think we all agree that tasteful
>announcements of new products (like books and CDs) that have to do with
>SCD are a welcome and informative addition to the list traffic, and
>actually the list's blurb says so. But what I personally would like to
>see is people posting their full announcements just once instead of
>every four weeks.
>
>Of course I don't mean to insinuate that Chris plans to remind us of the
>Edge Reels posters every month from now on. In fact it must be
>emphasized that in Chris's case the original `announcement' was in reply
>to Bruce Hamilton's asking for pictures that show `the joy of dancing',
>so depending on your individual mind-set this was actually quite
>topical; however it is understandable that Chris might like to have the
>actual announcement in a more prominent place, i.e., its own message. I
>suppose what I would have done in Chris's place was to post a reply to
>Bruce's question saying something like `see the announcement that I've
>just posted separately' and then put up the actual announcement under
>its own subject line. From then on, if somebody asks for funny SCD
>posters, a brief message saying, in effect, `We have some nice ones on
>http://...' should get the point across without having to repeat the
>whole announcement to the list. Or the full announcement could be sent
>by private e-mail to the person who asked. In any event I think we can
>assume that most of the readership have seen the full announcement by
>now, and that it doesn't need to be repeated for the foreseeable future.
>Just think what the list would be like, if, with so many creative minds
>among the subscribers, everybody thought it helpful to remind everybody
>else of their respective offerings once per month or so.
>
>Curmudgeonly yours,
>Anselm
>--
>Anselm Lingnau (Frankfurt, Germany), Strathspey SCD mailing list maintainer
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>SCD stuff on WWW at http://www.tm.informatik.uni-frankfurt.de/strathspey/
>
>
>
>

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