[-empyre-] ListServ

Sarah Jeon sej63 at cornell.edu
Thu Feb 15 06:33:39 AEDT 2018

Dear Empyre users,

I’m one of Renate’s students, a freshman in Engineering. 
This is my first time using empyre, but also my first time being involved in the list serve community. Reading these posts, I especially sensed the generation difference between the 21st generation and the older generations. 

Computers were entering the market in 1977 and becoming common during the 1980s. Around that time ListServ arose.  ListServ first began in 1986 by an engineering software program to automate the management of email lists. It provided functions that made it possible for users to search list archives for messages about various topics. ListServ was something many people turned to, because it was their way of social networking back in the old days. Because computers were new to many people and ListServ was a way for many people to network online for the first time, I believe that those people still have an attachment with ListServ to this day. However, I believe it is much more difficult for the newer generation to start using it, because it is often underrated due to other social networking options that are much more entertaining and relatable to them. The newer generation seeks for instant gratification, short writings, pictures and videos. And since LIstServs often consist of long posts, teens tend to get scared to participate. I enjoyed exploring empyre, but I can most definitely see how this network will be inconvenient for many of the younger generation. The younger generation usually only use Listserv when they want updates from their favorite shopping website or clubs they are in. Otherwise, if they were signed up for multiple Listservs, they would get millions of emails daily hiding important emails. 

I hope the older generation keeps the ListServ community thriving.


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