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56719Re: [existlist] Straight raze or Ms. Razer

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  • Susan Schnelbach
    Mar 22, 2012
      I think there is also a general decline in the use of Yahoo and other stranger-based discussion groups. I think a few studies have shown that most people interact online with friends and acquaintances via Facebook instead of strangers via Yahoo Groups. Something Scott read a few weeks ago said that Yahoo Groups users tend to be over 50 (or so) and users of the other social networks tend to be under 40.

      But yes, I would imagine that discussion groups about philosophy rank among the lowest in attendance. Groups discussing American Idol, etc, are probably more popular. :)

      - Sue

      On Mar 21, 2012, at 7:32 PM, Jim wrote:

      > Mr Knott,
      > I don't think the decline in activity on this list is due to our moderator, although I think some of your other points are valid.
      > We know that Mary and Wil left the group because of Bill's rude, aggressive, paranoid posts. (We know that because they said so, but no doubt you can mount your usual sceptical challenges here as well as elsewhere.)
      > Dick Richardson's verbal diarrhoea also contributed to people switching off, I think.
      > However, I think the main reason for the decline on the list is due to existentialism itself becoming a spent force. Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre and the others are no longer hot topics of conversation, and perhaps the remaining existentialists on this list just ran out of worthwhile things to say?
      > Jim

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