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Posts on ‘February 18th, 2007’

Not Getting Close to the Whole Story

The online magazine spiked has a story entitled “Is Wikipedia part of a new ‘global brain’?” in which a writer asks some reasonable questions but then undermines herself with — at best — incomplete reporting. She writes, in part: Much was made of a study conducted by Nature magazine at the end of 2005, which […]

Cut-and-Paste Opinion-Making

Chicago Reader: The Public Sentiment Machine. Not long ago a letter to the editor required three things: time, an idea, and the ability to put it into words. All three impediments have been swept away. Once American bedrock, today a letter to the editor is often a chunk of computer-generated boilerplate. This practice indicts almost […]