19.128 recent events in London

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2005 13:40:31 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 19, No. 128.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Fri, 08 Jul 2005 13:39:08 +0100
         From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
         Subject: recent events in London

Dear colleagues:

I've received many e-mails concerning the recent terrorist attacks on
the people of London. For those who are interested in following
events as they unfold, I can recommend www.bbc.co.uk. But I can
reassure you directly that no one connected with Humanist or
humanities computing in London has as far as I know been injured.

Apart from the obvious, what's remarkable about these events is the
massive role all forms of (computer-mediated) communication are
playing in drawing people together, uniting communities, summoning
help, giving reassurance and contributing intelligence to the current
investigation. Communication has, I suspect, played a very large part
in helping to maintain calm and order amidst all the violence and
chaos. This makes me wonder to what degree terrorism as now practiced
depends on a certain level of public communication -- some, but not
as much as we now have at our command.

In any case, my personal thanks to everyone who has written.


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