[ppml] composition of and representation on the BoT

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Tue Nov 23 12:10:58 EST 2004

> which is why printed newspapers are going out of business in record
> number.  not.

The majority of newspaper readers are _NOT_ interested in internet 
This is an absurd correlation.

Yes, the average joe end-user probably reads a fair amount of stuff 
That does not mean that the average person interested in internet policy
wants their internet policy information off-line.

I think it is perfectly reasonable to send ARIN communications by email
instead of by postal mail.  There are significant cost savings to ARIN.
It is unlikely someone who can be described as a stakeholder does not have
an email address.  It is unlikely that someone who can be described
as a stakeholder does not read email.  Further, in the end, there's just
no way around the fact that decisions, in any organization, are made by
those that show up.  I don't think expecting someone to participate via
internet as the ARIN form of "showing up" is unreasonable given that ARIN
policy doesn't really affect anyone who doesn't use the internet.

BTW, the primary reason newspapers are not going out of business is because
people still commute.  Commuters still want something to use to wall 
off from the rest of the people on public transit.  That sells newspapers.


If it wasn't crypto-signed, it probably didn't come from me.
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