- Jul 18, 2005Dearest all,
I've had two (count 'em) two top-shelf lime Cuervo margaritas, and am
currently pondering the nature of the universe.
I figure now is a good time to write to you all (the early-comers to the new
ACA list) and see what's up. I have many issues on my mind, and want to
toss them out for general discussion on this here listserv.
You see, ACA was founded back in 1996 as something of a "revolt" against the
old SCA (Speech Communication Association). The idea among that field of 10
scholars was -- and kinda still is -- that there should be a dues-free
organization where scholars could go and "do their thing" without having to
pay for the upkeep of a massive executive body. Now, as you know, ACA does
not charge any dues for its membership. In fact, you are all members on
this list because, well, you've signed onto this list. It really and truly
works that way...
Problem is this: Our numbers are small, and we generate NO financials off of
dues. For that matter, we always run our conventions on a pay-as-you-go
budget, trying to keep costs at a minimum. No profit. I repeat -- no
You know the counter-argument to this, of course. ACA, as a result, has to
rely on the time and energy investment made by its members to actually DO
things that enhance communication scholarship or, at least, the study of
communication. To date, we have had about 8-10 genuinely gifted people
participate in the building of ACA. Do WE (meaning you) wish to continue
Do we want to start charging dues?
Do we want to NOT charge dues?
Do we want to make money and become a big fat organization?
Do we want to remain virtual, and let the e in e-organization have its say?
What can you do to help ACA?
Will you come to Peru in 2006?
Will you help create a group legacy?
Or, will we all die a slow, meaningless groupthink death with a whimper?
I dunno about you. But, I keep pounding at the idea of there being a place
for ACA at the table of communication organizations. I think we have a
wonderful name, a wonderful online journal in the ACJ, and a membership that
has ideas -- but, for some reason, is unwilling to express them!
Dudes and dudettes, I will keep pinging this listserv until there is life
among this membership. Maybe the ACA Board of Directors has been too
removed from this body, as a populace. Maybe we've been doing things in
secret behind our virtual doors for too damned long. Maybe we need you, the
members, to say what you really want out of this organization -- and,
further, to help us build it.
My favorite philosophers Pink Floyd once quipped: "Hello? Hello? Is there
anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me!"
Tyrone L. Adams, Ph.D.
Richard D'Aquin Associate Professor of Journalism and Communications
Department of Communication
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
P.O. Box 43650
Lafayette, LA USA 70504
Personal web: http://www.swampboy.com
"Hey, I've been out in the desert, yeah doin' my time
Searching through the dust for fool's gold, lookin' for a sign..."
--Bruce Springsteen, philosopher (2005)
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