Future of Pelago Response

Voice Card  -  Volume 3  -  Stuart Card Number 2  -  Tue, Dec 6, 1988 10:14 AM

This is a response to volume 2, John Card Number 30 ("Stuart's Wider Circle")...

Well, to tell you the truth, I'm not sure anymore. It occurred to me after my last response to you on this matter that the only way you're going to see a return on this monumental effort, John, is to somehow market your Archipelgo creation to a wider audience. That would mean marketing the structure, the format, not the contents, the contributions that would fill that structure. Does that make sense?

My response on this subject last issue suggests an analogy, say, to Guttenberg creating the printing press and then making sure no more of the lovely contraptions go out into the world. He'd sure have a lot of business, wouldn't he? And wouldn't the stuff he created on his press have a wide distribution?

But that seems selfish and unfair to John Guttenberg Cartan somehow. Wouldn't it be better if John Guttenberg Cartan's Archipelago press invention could be disseminated to the whole world? Wouldn't more creation and invention flourish that way?

And anyway, once there were thousands or millions of Archipelagoans creating away out there in the wide world, each sending their work into hundreds or thousands of main Archipelo editors (what John is to our merry band of Ponarvians), wouldn't the cream of the various Archipelago creations inevitably rise to the top and find a wider audience sooner or later anyway?

Comments, anyone?