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Monday, July 24, 2006

The ASA Message Center is Up!

The ASA Message Center is online! At the risk of exposing my age and my extreme dorkiness, I'm going to reminisce for a moment about an earlier version of the Message Center, which is the ASA's best effort to allow people attending its Really Big Conference to contact each other.

Remember when the Message Center first used computers, though it was not connected to the internet in any way? My grad school pals and I can't possibly be the only ones who took advantage of the limits of the system to send each other notes from Famous Sociologists:

Carrie, great work on that dissertation proposal. It looks like a winner. -Theda S.

Karen, don't work too hard! - M. Burawoy

Great presentation, Chris. You're a real role model. - Rob Merton
Ah, those were the days. Now the Message Center is on the world wide web, and you can only log on as yourself. Sigh.

2 Comments:

Anonymous alan said...

Remember when the Message Center first used computers, though it was not connected to the internet in any way?

Remember when ASA didn't have wifi, so the only way to check your email or messages was at a grimy message center computer that you had to wait in line for thirty minutes to use? And it was located at a busy intersection, perhaps the most inconvenient place to stand and wait in perhaps the entire convention center? And they closed it up at 5pm?

Oh, right. Last year.

Monday, July 24, 2006 8:08:00 PM  
Blogger tina said...

I hear you, Alan. The ASA is not exactly at the leading edge of the communications technology frontier.

This year, however, the Palais des Congres will have wifi access, paid for by the ASA. I have this on good authority from the convention centre people themselves.

I'm telling you, things are just better in Canada.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 7:35:00 AM  

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