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Re: Online Research Worries Many Educators

Geoffrey Welsh (reply@newsgroup.please)
Fri, 10 Dec 2004 16:07:02 -0500

Ron Chapman wrote:

> It's all about EDITING.

Or, as I described it years ago, editorial responsibility. Although
mistakes happen, CNN, the New York Times, Newsweek, and the
Encyclopedia Brittania invest a fair bit of time making sure that what
they publish is correct, or at least defensible.

Of course, people who are not as concerned about editorial
responsibility -- or who lack the faculties to meet what you and I
might describe as editorial responsibility -- print all sorts of drivel
on flyers and hand them out to everyone who walks past them on the
street, but we can see the difference between those and publications.
And, as you point out with the dog comment, on the internet it can be
difficult to tell the difference between those who take editorial
responsibility seriously and those who don't. We certainly can't
expect kids learning how to do research to know.

Geoffrey Welsh <Geoffrey [dot] Welsh [at] bigfoot [dot] com>

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