The editor responds: MIT alumni revisited

patricia bowne pbowne at execpc.com
Tue Oct 31 16:00:57 EST 2000


Julia Frugoli wrote:
> 
> At 2:27 PM +0000 10/31/00, taguebwREMOVE at wfu.edu wrote:
> >In article <39FE1B25.794EA15F at hotmail.com>, notmyaddress at hotmail.com (SLF)
> >wrote:
> >
> > > As you may recall, some time ago I described to you some derogatory
> > > remarks about women  in a  recent issue of the MIT alumni association
> > > magazine , which occupies a section in a rather good science magazine
> > > called TECHNOLOGY REVIEW.  I told you about them, and wrote a letter
> > > to the magazine to complain.  The new issue has printed
> > > both my letter and the editor's response.  I'm curious what the readers
> > > here think of the response.
> >
> >A quick response: the editor(s) wimped out. They should have taken
> >themselves to task for publishing the remarks and they should have
> >addressed other issues raised in your letter.
> >
> 
> I agree, and I think the editors were more focused on the idea of an
> alumni magazine being "feel good" when they see themselves as somehow
> cutting edge journalism.  I think they kind of missed the point.
> 


Yep, just goes to show you how people will zero in on one or two 
hot-button words and ignore the meat of the message. This can be a 
really useful thing in meetings if you work it right (but only in
meetings with a time limit) :-)

Pat







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