By now, most of us have been thoroughly inundated by
Internet news and views. While at times I have been tempted to unplug myself
from the hype, I know that this would be futile since I have come to depend on
various electronic services almost as much as I rely on my computer itself.
Archaeology has witnessed, like most other scholarly fields, the continuous
appearance of new web sites, listservers, online journals and databases, and
other digital resources. It is increasingly difficult to keep pace with these
developments and to determine what is worth viewing and what is safe, maybe
even desirable, to ignore. I'm pleased to announce that I have appointed a new
associate editor--John W. Hoopes--to help the SAA membership deal with this
digital flood. John, who teaches at the University of Kansas and works in Latin
America, will begin his new column, tentatively entitled "Networks," in the
January 1998 issue. Among other topics, he will review digital resources on
archaeology and related fields and will provide an expert opinion on their
strengths and weaknesses. You can contact John via email at email@example.com. I
look forward to this new feature, and I hope you will find it of value.