Kairos: Past, Present and Future(s)

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Radical Occasionality:
D'Artagnan, Hootie & the Blowfish,
Ken Griffey, Jr. ... and Kairos
(Doherty's Thread)

I've been writing press releases and feature stories for more than four years now, so if the following carries less than an "academic" tone — well, good.

When Byron Hawk contacted me about writing a short historical retrospective on how and why Kairos came to be, it occurred to me that might not be such a good idea. After all, everyone likes to think (or at least allow others to think) that a grand plan, a sound theoretical reasoning, a structured and well-thought-out approach lies behind the creation and implementation of The Next Big Thing.

Whether or not Kairos was ever "the next big thing" — although those of us who were in on the ground floor certainly pitched and shilled it that way to anyone who would listen — is at best a matter for debate. What is certain is that the fact that the journal ever existed is because of what can best be termed a series of happy accidents.

Of course, as Plato once warned us, reliance on the written word acts as an amnesiac, and reliance on our memory becomes — what's the word? — dicey. (OK, I don't think Plato said it that way. But you get the idea.) So what follows is a brief chronological foray into the origin of Kairos — others contributing to this special issue may recall things differently. I'd venture we're all approximately "right."

Next — February 1995: @Rhetnet

Kairos Will Have Been ...
(Salvo's Story)

Kairos logo circa 2002 ... and beyond?