PEOPLES PRESS INTERNATIONAL (PPI) - a public service of CADRE (Citizens for a Democratic Renaissance) - ~-=================< 012-PPI-Status-Report.txt >=====================-~ Greetings, The launch of PPI has been going very well. Writers have responded to this initiative, even in these early days, in a very encouraging way. I've got a _very thick folder of quality items to share. In addition, I've subscribed to dozens of email lists and have been adding especially good pieces to that same folder. Owners of email lists have also responded to the initiative. PPI items are already being picked up, selectively, and being redistributed over other lists, such as mai-not and activ-l. In some cases, the list-owner has subscribed his list directly to PPI, so that the postings immediately get echoed to that list. A few people have written in about the _concept of PPI, offering their suggestions for a "democratic media channel". This forced me to think more clearly about what the _essence of PPI is, at least in my mind so far... PPI aims to be a "small town newspaper for the global village". I, for the time being, am playing the role of "campaigning editor-publisher" of this small-town paper. In a small town, an editor might make a campaign out of a "needed new playground for the kids", _this small-town editor is making a campaign out of a "new democracy for the people". Same idea, same style, just a different scale. So to questions of "moderator policies" or "posting guidelines", my answer is: I'm the editor/publisher and I do my best to serve the community. As Phil Agre of the RRE news service puts it, posting decisions are "gut" decisions -- there's no formal list of rules, just an evolving sense of what works and what is of interest. You're always welcome to send in feedback or suggestions on posting policy -- I'll always look at it, frequently respond to you, and sometimes post it to the list as part of a "Reader's Dialog" posting. Meanwhile, I've set up the CADRE library, and have been filing away the PPI postings in the library, in the appropriate topic folders. They are also stored in sequence in the PPI archives. All in all, the beginning has been auspicious, and I thank everyone for their support in this collaborative endeavor. It is your inputs which provide the material, and it is your redistribution that gets it to those who can benefit from it. The only bottleneck in the whole operation at this point is yours truly (:<) I've needed to split my time among several tasks, and you haven't been getting full value yet - I'm sitting on too many good things which I should have been posting. Please bear with me during this startup transient. I'll post several items this morning (it's 05.56 here right now), and then I'm heading over to Liverpool to speak at a conference on Globalization and Latin America. When I get back Monday, I'll begin to provide you with a more regular and reliable service. -rkm - - - CADRE home page -> http://cyberjournal.org PPI home page -> http://cyberjournal.org/cadre/PPI-archives CADRE library -> http://cyberjournal.org/cadre/cadre-library CADRE mailto:•••@••.••• - - - ~=-=-=-=-=~=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=~-~=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=~=-=-=-=-=-=-=~ Posted by: Richard K. Moore | PO Box 26, Wexford, Ireland mailto:•••@••.••• | http://cyberjournal.org * Non-commercial republication authorized - incl sigs * ~=-=-=-=-=~=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=~-~=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=~=-=-=-=-=-=-=~ ..