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</o:shapelayout></xml><![endif]--></head><body lang=EN-US link=blue vlink=purple><div class=WordSection1><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:#1F497D'>A message I sent to SIGCIS on the latest development.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><div><div style='border:none;border-top:solid #B5C4DF 1.0pt;padding:3.0pt 0in 0in 0in'><p class=MsoNormal><b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma","sans-serif"'>From:</span></b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma","sans-serif"'> Thomas Haigh [mailto:thaigh@computer.org] <br><b>Sent:</b> Tuesday, June 12, 2012 2:34 PM<br><b>To:</b> 'members@sigcis.org'<br><b>Subject:</b> Noam Chomsky on the &quot;Inventor of Email&quot;<o:p></o:p></span></p></div></div><p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'>Hello everyone,<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'>I&#8217;m resisting the urge to keep spamming the group with updates on the increasingly bizarre public career of email history.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'>However, as Slashdot has recently noted <a href="http://tech.slashdot.org/story/12/06/12/167227/inventor-of-email-gets-support-of-noam-chomsky">http://tech.slashdot.org/story/12/06/12/167227/inventor-of-email-gets-support-of-noam-chomsky</a>, a second statement attributed to Noam Chomsky recently appeared on one of V A Shiva Ayyadurai&#8217;s websites at &nbsp;<a href="http://www.inventorofemail.com/noam-chomsky-on-invention-of-email-va-shiva-ayyadurai.asp">http://www.inventorofemail.com/noam-chomsky-on-invention-of-email-va-shiva-ayyadurai.asp</a>. Also as a press release from Reuters, via Ayyadurai&#8217;s International Center for Integrative Systems. <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/12/idUS149910+12-Jun-2012+PRN20120612">http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/12/idUS149910+12-Jun-2012+PRN20120612</a> <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=fst>I do recall Chomsky&#8217;s usual prose style being a little more elegant, his grammar and punctuation a little more standard, and his exposition a little more cogent. It&#8217;s odd that a great linguist would write sentences such as &#8220;Note Shiva, received his formal Copyright registration in 1982.&#8221; Or &#8220;What continue to be deplorable are the childish tantrums of industry insiders who now believe that by creating confusion on the case of &quot;email&quot;, they can distract attention from the facts.&#8221;<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'>SIGCIS members may also be interested in Ayyadurai&#8217;s attempt to dispel &#8220;False Claims About Email&#8221; at <a href="http://www.inventorofemail.com/claims_about_email.asp">http://www.inventorofemail.com/claims_about_email.asp</a>. Ayyadurai&#8217;s current argument appears to be that &#8220;email&#8221; has a completely different meaning from &#8220;electronic mail&#8221; and that the world has been misusing &#8220;email&#8221; all these years. He claims to have given &#8220;email&#8221; its canonical meaning in 1978, although I still can&#8217;t find any original 1978 or 1979 documents on his site including the word or a definition. &nbsp;Ayyadurai currently favors a definition of &#8220;email&#8221; (published, apparently for the first time, this month) with around 80 characteristics including &#8220;searching address book by zipnode&#8221; and &#8220;relational database engine&#8221;. &nbsp;Few current email systems would precisely meet all of them.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'>Finally, Ayyadurai has persuaded a second WGBH radio host, Emily Rooney, that he invented email (around 23:00-24:40). <a href="http://www.wgbh.org/programs/The-Emily-Rooney-Show-854/episodes/Thurs-51712Conquering-Digital-Clutter-38713">http://www.wgbh.org/programs/The-Emily-Rooney-Show-854/episodes/Thurs-51712Conquering-Digital-Clutter-38713</a><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'>One day an excellent STS or media studies dissertation will probably be written on this topic.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'>Tom<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p></div></body></html>