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Re: Recommended reading

I thought there was something familiar about it!  Guess I am in the right 

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On Wed, 2 Oct 1996, michael reece wrote:

> funny how MUDs and mental hospitals are so similar. 
> i propose we change .wizard to .quack in future versions.
> At 02:28 PM 10/2/96 PDT, Zachary DeAquila wrote:
> >
> >A friend forwarded me this:
> >
> >------- Forwarded Message
> >
> >Date: Fri, 27 Sep 1996 10:41:49 -0700 (PDT)
> >From: Phil Agre <>
> >To: Red Rock Eater List <>
> >
> >[...]
> >
> >People who run MUD's keep telling me variants of the same story, whose
> >upshot is that some user starts behaving in extremely divisive ways and
> >starts turning the whole place inside out. One typical pattern is for this
> >user to do something outrageous, provoke a strict response, scream about
> >injustice, and polarize the community between lovers of order who hate
> >the user and lovers of fairness who hate the administration. Another
> >typical pattern is people who wait until the last minute of a group
> >decision-making process to raise fundamental objections, carrying on about
> >dictatorship unless everyone starts the whole process over again from
> >scratch. Such people give genuine crusaders for justice a bad name, of
> >course, and they also cause immense and mysterious upset. Everybody who
> >operates a MUD should read R.D. Hinshelwood's book "What Happens in
> >Groups:  Psychoanalysis, the Individual and the Community", London: Free
> >Association Books, 1987. It is a detailed account of exactly this sort of
> >behavior.  It's set in mental hospitals, of course, as opposed to MUD's,
> >but the principles are the same.
> >
> >
> >------- End of Forwarded Message
> >
> >
> >
> ---
> michael reece             deprogrammer                 huskylabs, inc.
> in case of emergency, break glass. or page 1-800-skypage, pin 4197381.


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