Written: Sept. 28, 1997
I used to get mad, and offended, at mathematicians who speak against the computer revolution, be they counter-calculus-reformists, or anti-electronic-publications, or rigor-fanatics. One of the most vociferous, and obnoxious, amongst them, is Steven Krantz, that found a captive audience in the members of the AMS, where he is serving as associate editor of their NOTICES.
Then I went to my beloved medium, and used the standard search engines, to find the impact of Krantz and a few others like him, on the web. I was not surprised to see that it was minimal. They don't even have a minimal homepage! Any computer-literate teen-ager has a greater presence than Krantz and his cronies. In other words, these grumblers are poor home(page)less people, who are unable, and hence unwilling, to invest half an hour in learning how to set up a homepage.
So to all you homeless Krantzes, Magids and Rossis out there, my advice to you is: stop mouthing off and GET A LIFE, Electronic of course, and Build Yourself a Home(page).
Even if you are completely e-illiterate, all you have to do is grab anyone under thirty (for example, one of your graduate or even undergraduate students), ask them to do the following:
More importantly, you will notice soon a personality change. Before you know it you will lose that paper-pomposity and rejoice in being an active member of our global electronic village.
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