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Subject: Re: Counter inauguration
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Date:Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:34:04 -0500

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> The idea that anything other than opera is "off topic" has always bothered
> me. We are complex and, generally, intelligent individuals and I am
> interested in knowing what other opera-lers think on a wide range of topics
> including politics.

Once an email list departs from its intention or purpose, then its reason for 
existing ceases.  *You* may be interested in hearing subscribers' opinion on any 
number of topics.  I certainly am not and I think many others feel the same.

On Facebook it's easy to move away from opera and talk about anything under the sun 
(such as politics) outside of the group.  But that flexibility doesn't exist on 
an email list.  Off list activity is the more appropriate venue for topics 
that do not pertain to the list's stated purpose.

The more you talk about matters irrelevant to the list, the more irrelevant the 
list becomes, because it's more like a clique of individuals, rather than an 
open discussion.  It inhibits others from joining and alienates those who are 
not part of that clique.

I certainly have strong opinions about many topics, including politics.  But I 
also believe I have the self-discipline and respect for others not to use 
OPERA-L as a personal salon where any topic is appropriate.  With the vast 
spread of social media it's easy to find places where you can discuss anything.

So I ask all of you to show that same respect for other subscribers and remember 
that OPERA-L is only for "discussion of opera and related topics."

Bob Kosovsky, Ph.D. -- Curator, Rare Books and Manuscripts,
Music Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
blog:   Twitter: @kos2
   Listowner: OPERA-L ; SMT-ANNOUNCE ; SoundForge-users
--- My opinions do not necessarily represent those of my institutions ---

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