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Los Angeles Times article on mailing lists (1999/05/31)

Los Angeles Times
May 31, 1999, Monday, Home Edition
SECTION: Business; Part C; Page 4; Financial Desk
WHEN 'PUSH' TECHNOLOGY CAME TO SHOVE, MAILING LISTS EMERGED AS THE WINNER
BY GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER

Sometimes the exertion it takes to slide that mouse across its pad and type in a lengthy URL--to actually have to seek the content you desire online--is just too much.

"Push" technology was supposed to do that heavy lifting for us, but it died an ignoble death, largely because it tried to push too much content to our digital doorsteps.

But the essence of push lives on in the often overlooked world of mailing lists, one of the oldest and least glamorous corners of the Internet. [...]

I depend on several mailing lists to stay current on such issues as Internet privacy. One of the best is Politech, published by Declan McCullagh, a journalist and free-speech advocate who sends out daily dispatches that are relevant and succinct. To try the list, send e-mail to majordomo@vorlon.mit.edu with the message "subscribe politech."

But for sheer fun, I also like Ditherati (http://www.ditherati.com), which pokes fun at technology big shots by searching for the deeper meaning in the mindless quotes they feed the press.

An Amazon.com executive made himself an irresistible target, for instance, when he said, "When we look at pricing, we're not thinking about the competition." Ditherati suggested a fittingly ridiculous finish for the sentence: "We like to think about the pretty flowers instead."