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     [C&S comments and commentary on sead comments deleted]
 
     A community can be defined as a group of people who share certain
social norms.  The reaction to C&S' spamming of the Net indicates very
clearly that people on the Net find the wanton waste of net.resources
highly objectionable.
 
     As for "starry-eyed" visionaries, a frank description of the Net
can sound like an 1840s Fourier society expounding on the glorious
phalansteries to be erected before the new age dawns and the "oceans
turn into a delicious drink."  Netizens already carry on a ceaseless
conversation on hundreds of topics involving thousands of people on
IRC, and over six thousand Usenet groups involve millions of readers
in dozens of countries on every continent (including Antarctica).
It sounds starry-eyed, but it is current net.reality, a net.reality
endangered by selfish cretins like C&S who see fit to squander
disk space over the entire planet to increase their business.
 
     What makes the situation worse is that C&S are utterly insensitive
to the culture present on the Net they wish to take advantage of.  They
count as nothing the intense labor poured into the Net by everybody from
ARPAnet researchers to Kibo.
 
     If it were not for this net.culture that C&S deride, there would
not be an Internet.  Nobody would be attracted to, let alone invest time
and treasure in, a Net where everybody could be selfish and obnoxious,
devoted only to their most narrow interests.  With nobody on C&S'
dream net, where would they place their next green.card.lawyers' stunt?
 
     Warren Eckels