The network was affected by waves of popular communication tools such as offset printing, photocopy machines, fax machines, personal computers, and finally by the increasingly availability the Internet. Because of their history with these waves of new media, some artists feel that they pioneered systems that are basic functions of the Internet such as the concept of a "distributed community." Distributed communities are collectives of people who are not located in the same place. Community members can communicate at the same time or asynchronously. The goal of the distributed community is to advance the collective knowledge about a subject and to learn from each other individually. This function of the Internet to create distance-independent communities seems like an old idea already well-proven and long practiced in the Correspondence Art Network, whose artists have been working as a distributed community for decades. Beginning in the 1990s correspondence artists used the Internet to expand their distributed community onto the Net by creating digital versions of the most effective means of information distribution developed in their network. These digital versions include: unedited interviews, personal artist's statements, collages and galleries of images, emails, and conversations on message boards. The interviews were established in zines and in the TAM project. Artist statements and image distribution were well-established as documentation and in zines. Emails are parallel to letters, and message boards are taking on the announcing and conversational tone of zines. Electronic variations may serve to continue rich traditions that helped network participants to collectively define the Correspondence Art Network.
Last night I heard ex-President Clinton give a great speech for the Liz Carpenter Lecture Series. It was healthy and refreshing to hear his thoughts on the war and the economy. He gave a two-part way to judge the value of actions: things that bring the world more together, and things that force the world more apart. He suggested that globalization was an economic concept and recommended the term "integration" as a concept that better suggested ways in which all people are interdependent contributors to a global society.