GDG- GDG - A Movable Feast
denlaw at gojade.org
Mon Jan 23 11:39:49 CST 2012
> but hasn't Dennis said causes are on topic?
The main focus of this group is to discuss Gettysburg. In
achieving that focus, we face the same problem the Gettysburg
national military Park faced in presenting its museum and film. How
much context is needed?
In a Museum, those decisions are pretty much permanently fixed in
the exhibits or the film; in the discussion group, it can be a
little more flexible. I do not think we could've survived as an
Internet group for over 18 years unless we expanded beyond Gettysburg
to include the causes of the war and other topics to put those
momentous events in perspective. We would've been an anachronism in
the world of modern history where events are discussed in their
totality of context rather than in isolation.
We just had an extended discussion of Custer, which is on topic
because he was at Gettysburg. So is a discussion of the
assassination of Abraham Lincoln. At some point, it was time to move
back to Gettysburg.
So, What is on topic and off-topic is a movable
feast. However, we always have to return to our roots, which is Gettysburg.
When I want to understand what is happening today or try to decide what
will happen tomorrow, I look back. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
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