this thread has sprung from danni's 'Turnout' thread, where she asked an intelligent question, got what she rightly called a 'generous reply' (from TUK) and then considered and commented thoughtfully (as did others) on the issue in question.<P>TUK said there:<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Over the last couple of months I have accessed quite a few of the boards where young dancers are constantly seeking advice. <P>In this time I have become very concerned not just with some of the issues that are raised, the disturbing trend towards seeking new dieting hints is one, but with many of the answers that are given. <P>That these tend to be very brief and lack detail seems to be indicative of how this form of communication has developed, but what is far more worrying is that much of the advice is fallacious and some may even be positively detrimental.<P>Please do not get me wrong here, I am not on some one-person crusade to clear up inaccuracies on the internet, but I do feel that if I am going to contribute to the understanding of dance on this media I want to do so in a way that gives far more substantive information which is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>my response included this comment:<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>what's been getting to ME at one other board which i know we both frequent, is the bratty tone of "I want this NOW - so GIVE it to me", in relation to asking technical questions. <P>i saw one, this am, that was headlined something like 'desperate info needed in one hour!!!!!' (i think it was all in CAPS, as well) - and it was a student going to a tryout in one hour, wanting to know how to improve her 'switch leaps and fouettés'(BOTH spelled wrong, of course)!<P>no further comment......or i'll go into a rant!
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>to which TUK responded:<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>...I have been greatly saddened by the tone and content of the boards. ...When I answer questions there it is always by e-mail, but I am willing to bet that the kind of answers I give are not at all welcome. I am just very glad to be able to come to this site where logical and informed debate still holds sway.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>rather than diverting danni's 'Turnout' thread, i would like to discuss HERE the internet culture re dance learning, and the issue TUK has highlighted above.<P>two boards where i see this in evidence are:<P>*i have removed the first link from here, because, since yesterday, THAT board has deleted much of the content referred to here. i assume this is for these very reasons we are discussing!<P><A HREF="http://www.dancersspotlight.com/disc2_frm.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://www.dancersspotlight.com/disc2_frm.htm</A> <P>this is NOT an attack on either of these boards, or any others - i am just linking to these as an exanmple of where a lot of young people are expecting instant answers to technique (and other, sometimes trivial, sometimes dreadfully serious) questions. i imagine the controllers of such boards are just as frustrated and concerned as we are, about this issue.....<P>a little caution: we should stay away from discussing the actual BOARDS; instead, looking at the ISSUE this trend raises - if you'd like to?<P><p>[This message has been edited by grace (edited July 30, 2000).]