The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive


life, as above, so below

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this piece is for tom ellis; a very longtime active member
of the cybermind email list, we heard yesterday that he died.
our hearts go out to everyone.

cybermind started in 1994, has had a roiled history, and many
of the earlier members have moved on or died. in a way it's
been close, perhaps too close, to real life; it changed from
a list considering theory, to a list living it, to an online
community of some depth; what it's lacked in size, it's made
up in empathy, compassion, discussion. jon marshall, by the
way, still a member, wrote an ethnography of the list, titled
living on cybermind, which is still available. there have been
other articles and books in which it's discussed as well.

it's sad, these disappearances and a general aura of ageing
that surrounds us, and it's sadder when members die, their
email addresses emptied signs, structures. and here's to all
of us who have made the list what it is, hoping that it will
continue, at least for a while, the curtain still up, a few
players walking the stage of history and quietude.

love to everyone, alan

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