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Date: Wed, 5 Apr 95 16:02:58 -0700
From: Gunter Krumme []
To: Multiple recipients of list []
Subject: Another Welcome Message (from the "List Manager")

	Another welcome to all subscribers to this Economic Geography
list. The list brings together the most interested of your peers from
a variety of past Economic Geography classes, mainly Geog 450 (Fall 1994),
Geog. 207 (Winter 1995) and Geog.350 (this current quarter). Its functions
are experimental but should include providing some continuity to your 
economic geography program/ interests by participating in discussions and
exchanging relevant information. Thus, you are invited, encouraged and
urged to use this forum for what, in your judgement, are appropriate 
topics, questions, suggestions, initiatives or bits of information.

	Let me get the ball rolling by reporting that the Geography
Department is in the midst of developing an Internet Home-Page System as
part of the University-wide "weber" (like Alfred & Max Weber) system.
Economic Geography is in the first row of this departmental effort, and I
am planning to have home pages ready for all of my courses starting this
coming Fall. These home pages will provide both, course-specific materials
and handouts, as well as subject-specific gateways to relevant Internet
sites. I am presently designing the "architecture" for this system of
course webs.

	The introduction and use of these course-specific home pages will
not come without pain... mainly the kinds of pain associated with tech- 
phobias and lack of access to computers, just like many students did not 
have access to typewriters only twenty years ago.

	What I would be interested in is finding out what your ideas and
suggestions might be as to how to integrate this new technology
into Economic Geography classes and how to overcome various barriers.
The ideas I have come up with so far include (a) having group projects
for the design of group specific home pages on specific topics (such
as the RTA project) under competitive conditions with the best home pages 
being actually connected to the Web and (b) developing an information 
system for the purchase of inexpensive second-hand computers with modems 
sufficient to get into UWIN and Lynx/WWW.

	What do you think? Any ideas, reservations, caveats, 
encouragements? Have you found any interesting (and relevant) Internet 
sites recently which should be connected to EG home pages? 	
Two more bits of  information:

(1) the address of the Geography Home Page (under construction and not yet
officially connected to the general system yet):
(either via UWIN/Internet/Lynx or via Mosaic or Netscape; let me know
if you need further instructions; please do not be too critical -- we just
started, and it is still experimental!)

(2) If you want to get infected by the Internet bug, you may want to read
the cover story of Business Week of April 3, 1995. If on the other hand,
you wish to get some support for your healthy scepticism about the
pervasiveness of the Internet, get hold of 

Clifford Stoll's book on
"Silicon Snake Oil: Second Thoughts on the Information Highways 
in the same issue of Business Week, p.19) Of course, you can read this
cover story on your screen (at least it was there still last night) by
getting into gopher then to "Magazines", then "by subject",
"business", Business Week, then "current issue" etc. try it or let me know
if you can't find it (I have hard copies in my office). Let us all hear
from you!  
					Gunter Krumme


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