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History of the Foucault List (by Malgosia Askanas)
The list, under the name "foucault", began in 1993 as part of Thinknet, Kent Palmer's
all-encompassing collection of philosophy lists. In early 1994, a disagreement between Kent Palmer and
Michael Current over Kent's attempt to censor the discourse on the deleuze list led to the founding, by
Michael Current and Malgosia Askanas, of the Spoon
Collective, and to the transfer of some of the Thinknet lists to the care of this collective.
It is interesting to note that Spoon's methodologies for collective
management of lists were developed so as to prevent the kind of
Kent, who was managing his huge collection of lists by himself, was experiencing at the time and which made
his lists somewhat volatile. Kent, in turn, decided to seek moderators for his lists from within his
subscribership. Thus it happened that Steven Meinking, who at the time was a student of philosophy at the
University of Utah, became the moderator of the foucault list.
In the summer of 1994, during another of Kent's bouts of volatility, Steven
joined the Spoon Collective and moved the foucault list
to Spoon. His
membership in Spoon lasted for about a year, after which the moderation of the list was taken over by Flannon
Jackson, one of the earliest Spoon members - and at the time a student of philosophy at Denver University. A
few years later, perhaps in 1999, Flannon, with his keen micropolitical sense, recognized (several years
before anybody else) that running the Spoon lists had become indistinguishable from labor, and removed
himself to the sidelines of Spoon. As a result, the list fell under the moderation of Malgosia Askanas, who
remained its moderator until the dissolution of the Spoon Collective in December of 2004.
Since then, the Foucault list is hosted at
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