I have been thinking about this. I accept the "free cheese" analogy, but I still find that Facebook provides a useful but very different communications channel for interaction. The interactions on Facebook are very different than those on the ARSC (and other) mailing lists. Especially since images, audio, and video are an integral part of the stream. It does take a good deal of management and selective "following" to provide a manageable and interesting news feed in Facebook. I think that there are some people in audio -- who I think we wish to stay connected with -- who find Facebook an easier mode of communications. It seems that AES's inclusion of women and students and especially John Krivit's high-density push to involve these sectors of our population has changed the face of AES. Yes, in the 1970s and 1980s there were a few notable women in AES, and Elizabeth Cohen was even President, if I recall correctly, and Marina Bosi of Dolby made a credible appearance at several conferences. The amazing Jessica Thompson is organizing the archiving stream at AES NY and she has put Alexey Lukin of iZotope and me together in a session (her idea) to talk about noise reduction. Alexey will be talking about noise gates and other post-production tools (basically his Culpeper presentation) and I'll be talking about all (most?) of the schemes that are processing based (i.e. encode-decode) from equalization to Dolby SR...and discussing John Dyson's and my plans for a software compander decoder package. Oh, and I just found out via Facebook that cousins from Wilmington, NC on the coast have safely arrived at other cousins' home near Raleigh. Different tools serve different purposes for different people. I have chosen to be flexible. On my phone: Phone, SMS/MMS messaging, email, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Skype, and WhatsApp. I have accounts with Twitter (rarely, rarely use except to follow local power outages) and LinkedIN (used as a master business contact phone book which others keep up-to-date for me, almost no messaging). WhatsApp is an interesting study in how communications pathways can grow. A new friend I made in Culpeper uses that for text and chat and prefers it, so now I have it. We are helping each other with grant proposals at the moment. We actually communicate privately via Skype, Facebook Messenger, email, and WhatsApp. We both post to Facebook from time to time. It was interesting, when I signed up with WhatsApp, I discovered both my sons have accounts. Cheers, Richard On 2018-09-12 10:42 AM, Gary Gottlieb wrote: > My experience working with a wide variety of constituencies has made it > clear that different people communicate in different ways, and different > people prefer different forms of social media. When I wish to reach a wider > group I use all forms of media. As such, I support a facebook page as a > means to reach that part of our constituency that uses facebook. > -- Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask] Aurora, Ontario, Canada 647 479 2800 http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.