File puptcrit/puptcrit.0412, message 10

Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] UNIONS - Puppeteers
Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2004 14:43:56 -0500 (EST)

Mark wrote:

> [...] But the use of politics, religion and
> sex on a list should be not allowed unless that list is about those subjects.
> I would think if this is a puppet list, the subjects would be strictly the 
> how's and why's of puppets as in handling, performance and building there of.

This is a list about puppets and about puppetry.  Therefore unions and 
unionizing, to the extent to which they pertain to the profession of puppetry,
are a perfectly valid topic for this list.  It is to be expected that when 
people discuss unions and unionizing, the discussion will unavoidably be
political.  I think it is much too sweeping to say that politics (or sex
or religion, for that matter) should not be allowed on the list.  Yes, they
should not be allowed in and of themselves - you are right, none of them is the
topic of this list.  But I don't think discussions of issues specific to the 
profession of puppetry should be abridged because they may become political. 
However, nobody should use this list as a soapbox, as a forum for political
provocation, or to deride the political positions of others.

-malgosia, your co-moderator
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