[SIGCIS-Members] Resources on Ayyadurai saga

Chris Peterson chris at cpeterson.org
Thu Jan 12 10:00:14 PST 2017


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> On Jan 5, 2017, at 10:46 AM, Thomas Haigh <thomas.haigh at gmail.com> wrote:
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> Sounds like good idea. I’m busy with some other projects right now, and in any event it would be good to have somebody else take the lead on this for a while – make it more apparent to casual observers that there is a consensus in the history of computing community on this.
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> Here are some resources that might be useful for someone thinking of writing on this issue:
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> ·               http://www.sigcis.org/ayyadurai <http://www.sigcis.org/ayyadurai>  - my main page (includes links to various video and media content that would look good in a blog post, including a Xerox video). This tries to document and evaluate every historical claim made by Ayyadurai. 
> ·               http://www.tomandmaria.com/Tom/Writing/CACM-SevenLessons.pdf <http://www.tomandmaria.com/Tom/Writing/CACM-SevenLessons.pdf> my CACM article with lessons to be learned from the initial part of the case. This is more of a general reflection on what was going on from a media narrative viewpoint.
> ·               http://www.inventorofemail.com/ <http://www.inventorofemail.com/>  Ayyadurai’s own site
> ·               http://www.bostonmagazine.com/2012/05/shiva-ayyaduri-email-us-postal-service/ <http://www.bostonmagazine.com/2012/05/shiva-ayyaduri-email-us-postal-service/>  Boston globe article – not 100% reliable, but if you read to the end carefully you’ll get the right idea.
> ·               https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140901/07280928386/huffpo-publishes-bizarre-misleading-factually-incorrect-multi-part-series-pretending-guy-invented-email-even-though-he-didnt.shtml <https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140901/07280928386/huffpo-publishes-bizarre-misleading-factually-incorrect-multi-part-series-pretending-guy-invented-email-even-though-he-didnt.shtml>  One of a number of solid Techdirt posts debunking Ayyadurai, this one dealing with the 2014 effort to push a misleading “History of Email” series focused exclusively on Ayyadurai.
> ·               https://www.techdirt.com/blog/?tag=shiva+ayyadurai <https://www.techdirt.com/blog/?tag=shiva+ayyadurai>.Other Techdirt posts from this link, including one quoting me: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140903/18514728409/huffington-post-finally-responds-stands-its-completely-bogus-totally-debunked-history-email-series.shtml <https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140903/18514728409/huffington-post-finally-responds-stands-its-completely-bogus-totally-debunked-history-email-series.shtml>
> ·               https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/omblog/post/origins-of-e-mail-my-mea-culpa/2012/03/01/gIQAiOD5kR_blog.html <https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/omblog/post/origins-of-e-mail-my-mea-culpa/2012/03/01/gIQAiOD5kR_blog.html>  Washington Post ombudsman admitting that the story was unfounded
> ·               http://www.tomandmaria.com/Tom/Writing/HistoriesOfTheInternetDRAFT.pdf <http://www.tomandmaria.com/Tom/Writing/HistoriesOfTheInternetDRAFT.pdf> Introduction to special issue of I&C on Internet History in which we mention Ayyadurai’s case as an example of an attempt to fill in the gap between people’s ordinary experience and the ARPANET story. Example of a way to acknowledge appeal of the Ayyadurai narrative without endorsing its claims.
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> Resources on the actual history of email include
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> ·         Janet Abbate’s Inventing the Internet
> ·         Craig Partridge’s Annals paper, “The Technical Development of Internet Email.” This is the best overview of the actual development of modern email. 
> ·         My chapter in The Internet and American Business has some material on non-Internet email and how it was eventually assimilated: http://www.tomandmaria.com/Tom/Writing/ProtocolsForProfitDRAFT.pdf <http://www.tomandmaria.com/Tom/Writing/ProtocolsForProfitDRAFT.pdf>.
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> Best wishes,
>  
> Tom
>  
> From: Members [mailto:members-bounces at lists.sigcis.org <mailto:members-bounces at lists.sigcis.org>] On Behalf Of Christine Finn
> Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2017 9:09 AM
> To: David Golumbia <dgolumbia at gmail.com <mailto:dgolumbia at gmail.com>>
> Cc: Sigcis <members at sigcis.org <mailto:members at sigcis.org>>
> Subject: Re: [SIGCIS-Members] Shiva/Gawker, also AAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHHHHH
>  
> I'd be happy to help with this. If we can craft something I'd be pleased to help reach a wider audience. I am already in touch with the UK Sunday Times - I contribute to them - and can make time to help with this, I don't have the tech expertise you all have, but can tell the story for the general public.
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> all best
> 
> Christine 
>  
> On 5 January 2017 at 09:56, David Golumbia <dgolumbia at gmail.com <mailto:dgolumbia at gmail.com>> wrote:
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>>> "This is a historic victory for truth," declared Dr. Ayyadurai. "Americans have no tolerance for fake news, lies
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>> i mean, it's by far not the most offensive part of this story, but this statement leapt out at me--you coulda fooled me, and PT Barnum, and every "reality show" producer, and Facebook, and, and...
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>> -- 
>> David Golumbia
>> dgolumbia at gmail.com <mailto:dgolumbia at gmail.com>
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