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A Rebuttal


If you are seeing this page, you came to TCFIR from the corrosive article by Alex Halavais. If you think it is appropriate for an "internet scholar" to engage in an opinion based, ad homenim attack, you need go no further. You will not be convinced otherwise.

If not, please observe the quality of the TCFIR cohort and content. Judge for yourself! Take time to look at this website, Reid Cornwell's presence, and his publications. Look at the conferences and the people who have actually attented and met Reid. All of these are the work product of W. Reid Cornwell. Ask these questions; is TCFIR the work of of a troll and a fraud or is it possible that Halavais has misjudged Reid, and has less than honorable motives?


Consider that Alex Halavais posted his opinion, on the Internet, in reaction to his subjective perception of "alleged" misconduct and has blocked further defense by the accused. This opinion should be weighed against the character of the accusor himself, who is a "self-confessed" and unrepentant Wikipedia vandal ( See: Return of Joe Isuzu ) . He has cloaked his misconduct with a specious explanation of "scholarly pusuit." Read what a former colleague has to say about the so-called experiment. (Go to: First Monday Article)

In our opinion, Halavais' criticism reflects a personal hostility framed in pernicious misrepresentation and hypocrisy. If you search the Internet, you will find that all the negatives that speak of Reid Cornwell are all derivatives of Halavais' original post.

If you expected an argument against his specific accusations you will not find it here. We have accepted advice from Halavais' friend, Ted Coopman, who wrote, "Don't wrestle with pigs, you get dirty and it makes the pigs angry."


The issues here are not about Reid Cornwell, but rather an arguably unethical condemnation, by Halavais, in a public medium. I.e TRIAL BY INTERNET.


I ask you to weigh this against the opinions of people (below) who are members of the same list and organization he claims to be protecting.


Ulla Bunz AIR-L member wrote:

"Just cause it's online it doesn't mean it's true."

Bob Rehak AIR-L member wrote:

"Those who have called me out on my characterization of Cornwell are of course correct."

Alan Sondheim AIR-L member wrote:

"This is something I've been wondering; I haven't seen this kind of attack on someone here, before (and it does read like an attack). I have no stake in the subject one way or another, but it seems to me that this is a form of different which is a bit problematic."

Peter Lauritsen Air-L member wrote:

"Troll or not, did anybody invite Reid Cornwell to join the discussion, or do you consider it to be (ethically) legitimate to discuss, judge and mark a named person on a list like this? What would you tell your students?"

Alexander Halavais (In his own words):

"Inappropriate. AIR-L is intended to further research and while it frequently becomes a more friendly community, none of us would want our personal character adjudicated in such a public setting. So, to second Peter's comment, I think we should quit it."






The Center for Internet Research (TCFIR) is a transdisciplinary research organization created with the purpose of systematically investigating the vast intersection of Internet technology and the human experience.



This exploration is taking place from a variety of perspectives including information technology, computer science, humanities, ethics, psychology, commerce, politics, public policy, anthropology, semiotics, sociology, andragogy, and pedagogy with projects that span the industrial, government, scientific and academic domains.


Scale and Scope

It is only by virtue of the existence of the Internet that this collaborative paradigm, at this scale and scope, is even possible. It is the ultimate objective of TCFIR to not only advance pure scientific understanding of the Internet but to also produce practicable technologies and knowledge that will help to shape the future of the Internet.



TCFIR welcomes the participation and contributions of the worldwide community of Internet scholars.


W. Reid Cornwell Ph.D., Chairman and Research Director

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. " - George Bernard Shaw