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by Jack Kessler, kessler@well.sf.ca.us

October 31, 2001 EXTRA issue. This file presents an archive copy of the EXTRA issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on October 31, 2001.

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FYI France EXTRA: the "text-e" e-conference


An extraordinary online event -- of interest to anyone involved in books, writing, libraries, digital text, ebooks, online video, "information", econferencing, or the Internet or the Minitel or a lot of other things -- is taking place right now and over the next few months at,


Roger Chartier, Stephen Harnad, Theodore Zeldin, and many other luminaries, discussing "texts" and various favorite subjects... even Jason Epstein, talking about and discussing (with you!) "Reading: The Digital Future"... and Umberto Eco, opining on "Authors and Authority", and wondering, "Do intellectuals play the role of a Web - filter?"...

And everything is free - of - charge. Participants / viewers / you can download free ebooks, watch free videos, and take part in open online discussions with other viewers and with the "speakers": just think, Roger Chartier and Jason Epstein and Umberto Eco, answering your questions and arguing with you about "the decline of the book" and "etexts"...

The event is presented by the BPI / Bibliothèque publique dŽinformation, the Institut Jean Nicod (CNRS), the EURO-EDU / Association Européenne pour le Développement de lŽEnseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche sur Internet, and Giantchair, an Ebook Distribution Company: the extraordinary program --


Apologies for duplication to those with whom I already have been discussing this "text-e" event, on a couple of econferences -- bears repeating, I figure, plus broadest possible dissemination.

And many thanks once again to Peter Graham, who first announced this event to me and to many others on Exlibris.


A thought, as well, that anyone interested in econferencing and "video conferencing" generally -- as who among us is not, nowadays, as "face - to - face giant conferences held in big city hotels and convention centers" now are "so September 10..." -- we all might take a hard and systematic look at the structure which these "text-e" people have assembled and mounted.

It is impressive. The "text-e" site offers:


As long as so many of us are spending the week beneath the bed -- "waiting for the bomb to drop", or worse -- we might as well econference. There is still a world out there, after all, one involving more than just cluster bombs and anthrax... even though the US and Asian and Western European media for the last few weeks might have led you to believe that there isn't. To the bed - ensconced, then, how better to refresh the brain without exposing the body than to get back in harness intellectually but only virtually, online.

On the other hand, for the more daring and / or more foolish, international air travel and hotel costs never have been lower: supply and demand -- no one else is doing it -- $378 return, SFO to Paris, and my son says student fares are a whole lot less.

But I never have liked standing in lines at all, myself, much less standing in longer lines now supervised by a weekender National Guardsman carrying a loaded gun. So, on to "text-e", and our brave new video econferencing "virtual" world.

Besides, it probably would have been raining in Paris, anyway...




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