Postmodern Culture is an electronic journal of interdisciplinary studies. We hope to open the discussion of postmodernism to a wide audience, and to new and different participants. We feel that the electronic text is more amenable to revision, and that it fosters conversation more than printed publications can. Postmodern Culture can accommodate, and will include, different kinds of writing, from traditional analytical essays and reviews to video scripts and other new literary forms. Pos tmodern Culture is formatted as ASCII text (the character-code used by all personal computers): this permits the items in the journal to be sent as electronic mail, and it means that you can download the text of the journal from the mainframe (where y ou receive your mail) to a wide variety of computers, and import it into most word-processing programs, should you want to. If you do call up the journal’s text in a word-processing program, make sure that line-spacing is set to single-space and that marg ins are set to accommodate a 65-character line (one-inch margins, in most cases).
Back issues of Postmodern Culture, plus longer items distributed on PMC-Talk (the discussion group), are archived here at NC State; to see the contents of that archive, send the command
to LISTSERV@NCSUVM (Bitnet) or LISTSERV@NCSUVM.NCSU.EDU (Internet). To retrieve any of the files listed in the index you receive, send the command
GET [filename filetype] PMC-LIST
Since individual mainframe operating systems vary, if you need information on how to store, download, or erase items received from the journal, you will probably need to get that information from your local computing consultants. Information on how to use the Listserv program (the program which distributes the journal to your mailbox) may also be available locally, but if it is not, you can request it from the Listserv program here at NC State. To do that, send a mail message to LISTSERV@NCSUVM (Bitnet ) or LISTSERV@NCSUVM.NCSU.EDU (Internet), containing the commands
Get Listserv Memo
Get Listfile Memo
These two files contain general information about using the Listserv program (Listserv Memo) and information about using the Filelist functions of the program (Listfile Memo).
Finally, if you would like to discontinue your subscription to the journal, you can do so by sending the command
to LISTSERV@NCSUVM (Bitnet) or LISTSERV@NCSUVM.NCSU.EDU (Internet).