Re: Beyond these walls...

Eric Crump (wleric@SHOWME.MISSOURI.EDU)
Fri, 27 Sep 1996 10:52:47 -0500

Ooooh, Beth. Thanks. You've just brought up one very practical and very
(for me) thorny problem: How to achieve credibility (and from that,
viability) without *credit*.

The very *second* we get our hands muddied by credit, we will be snapped
back into the gravitational field of the current system. We'll get
whiplash! I tend to think offering credit is too big a price to pay for
quick credibility. I'd rather think a little and talk this through and see
if we can dream up some brilliant other way to go.

First thing that occurs to me is back to marketing. Turn an apparent
weakness into a strength (or attempt to) by *bragging* that we don't
provide credit, that learning with us in our netland circus is too rich,
too valuable to be reduced to meaningless bureaucratic notations.

I know you're right. Credit is what everybody understands. For now.

I guess I think it's time somebody teach 'everybody' about what credit and
conventional credentials really are. and aren't. Maybe our first gig is
just that.


--Eric Crump