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I hate to break it to everyone, but there already is an ARSC Facebook: created in 2009, and appears to be fairly active.

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> On Sep 16, 2018, at 10:23 AM, Dennis Rooney <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> In reply to John Schroth's recent post re the
> to-FaceBook-or-not-to-FaceBook question:
> 
> What tender blossoms some of his respondents must be. The ARSC listserv is
> a community of adults which shares a number of common interests. Why
> wouldn't the questions or comments of a younger person or one "from a
> different demographic" be greeted by anything other than courtesy? Yes,
> some extraordinarily naïve questions have been received on the list, but I
> have not noted hostility to that naïveté but rather a desire to answer
> helpfully. Younger people should always be welcomed but not by a diminution
> in the quality of our communication. I personally do not approve of
> anything that dilutes the community. Therefore, I do not welcome the
> Facebook suggestion.
> 
> DDR
> 
> On Sat, Sep 15, 2018 at 11:04 PM John Schroth <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> 
>> Hi Richard, Steve and the rest of the ARSC community.
>> 
>> I have gotten quite a number of personal replies to my post stating that
>> we should have a facebook page. These were people who were not
>> comfortable with replying to my post on the ARSC list-serve for the
>> whole community to see. Two examples:
>> 
>> "THANK YOU, John! I think that's the whole point of having another
>> platform for discussion-- to reach individuals of different demographics
>> who might not yet know about us who might be interested in joining".
>> 
>> "Thank you, thank you, and thank you"
>> 
>> These people and all the other direct replies were from younger people
>> who really felt that a facebook page was important. Most likely these
>> people followed the ARSC list-serve but felt uncomfortable posting what
>> they really felt about a facebook page, because they were new to the
>> community, or followed our list-serve because of the valuable
>> information they gained from it, but didn't feel comfortable making a
>> comment because of all the long-time experienced participants to the
>> list-serve that did not like facebook. They might have even been scared
>> of getting criticized if they supported a facebook page publicly. I
>> totally get that.
>> 
>> Here's a perfect example that I shared with these people.....
>> 
>> We have an exchange program here, where students studying at the George
>> Eastman Museum's Film Preservation Program, work with my company part
>> time. Most of them are interested in audio preservation as well. Most of
>> them know of and follow AMIA. None to date have heard of ARSC when they
>> first started working here. All of them use and follow facebook on a
>> regular basis. If the George Eastman Museum's Selznick School facebook
>> page "liked" the ARSC page, there's an immediate connection that all
>> these students could make with ARSC. All of them since working at our
>> place, now follow ARSC quietly.
>> 
>> That's just an example.......
>> 
>> Many who are getting to know ARSC - many of them younger people or
>> people who are just starting out in audio preservation or collecting,
>> may not be comfortable posting to the list-serve. It's daunting. Having
>> a facebook page where these people could connect, make friends, share
>> thoughts and ideas with each other directly, may spur them to becoming
>> more involved with the ARSC organization.
>> 
>> I joined ARSC and AMIA at about the same time. I was very lucky to have
>> both ARSC and AMIA both come to Rochester, NY for their annual
>> conference within a year of each other. I greatly respect AMIA but
>> honestly, the people at the ARSC conference were much more open and
>> welcoming. Steve Smolian - you asked me to join your table for both a
>> lunch and a dinner without even knowing me. I will never forget that.
>> You were warm, friendly and made me feel a part of the group. For people
>> who are younger, an ARSC facebook page goes a long way to doing that
>> same thing. Steve, I'm totally in your camp. I would rather live in the
>> world that I grew up in, without all of this computer driven social
>> media "crap". But this is the world we live in. You have the chance to
>> become "facebook friends" with someone younger you can inspire. A
>> portion of their world includes social media and they might never
>> connect with you without something like facebook. You have the chance to
>> effect young people you would never have the chance to connect with, if
>> it wasn't for something like facebook. I can see someone new to ARSC
>> becoming your facebook friend, then asking you a question directly
>> because they were not confident enough to post the question for all to
>> see on the ARSC list-serve. You could encourage them to post their
>> question to the list-serve so that others could benefit by their
>> question and explain that you have their back, in case someone made a
>> derogatory comment on their post.
>> 
>> In my world, I plan to be doing what I do for the next 10-15 years, then
>> I'm done. I love teaching young people how to work with other media
>> formats besides motion picture film. If students who work at my place
>> can take with them the unique intricacies and challenges of preserving
>> analog audio formats, they pick up skills and knowledge which gives them
>> an appreciation of the medium. They might even play an important role in
>> helping to preserve a piece of audio history in the future. I think this
>> is one of the goals that ARSC is ultimately all about. I think that
>> facebook might help bridge that gap between the "old school people" and
>> future generations that we pass our knowledge on to.
>> 
>>  From one of the members who loves the "old school" and is trying my
>> best to assimilate with the "new school" as best I can.
>> 
>> Kind Regards,
>> 
>> John Schroth
>> 
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>> On 9/15/2018 8:15 PM, Richard L. Hess wrote:
>>> Hi, Steve,
>>> 
>>> I understand your concerns about Facebook, but, as I think I stated
>>> previously, there is a whole group of people who, for whatever
>>> reasons, aren't on the ARSC List. Hopefully some of us who do take
>>> part in the ARSC Facebook presence, should it come to pass, will be
>>> able to reach those people and perhaps bring them into the fold of
>>> ARSCLIST as well for the more complete answer.
>>> 
>>> It is organizational outreach, and I am as guilty as the next person
>>> of limiting my organizational involvement based on attempting to
>>> balance my priorities.
>>> 
>>> I try to give in some way or the other to both ARSC and AES, as well
>>> as the audio archiving community in general.
>>> 
>>> Every pathway is imperfect, we must try to make use of pathways that
>>> can reach the most people.
>>> 
>>> Cheers,
>>> 
>>> Richard
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> On 2018-09-15 7:47 PM, Steven Smolian wrote:
>>>> Speaking (well,  typing) for myself, I fear the loss of the ARSC list
>>>> participants' cumulated skills and knowledge if we allow a facebook
>>>> presence with our imprimatur lacking some of these participants.
>>>> Incomplete info in often leads to misinformation out.  Willfully
>>>> ignoring the path to otherwise available information by taking an
>>>> easier route that potentially avoids some of it- well, there are
>>>> enough examples of that in daily life.  It's why we have  refereed
>>>> journals.
>>>> 
>>> 
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