Sunday, September 30, 2012

Is The Google Making The Media Culpist A Meanie?


The answer is, absolutely not.

Futhermore, it is not making her smarter or dumber or any other 'er'.

Because the work of the Media Culpist is all her own.

This time she used her memory, and a certain ironic twisting of the fates, to come up with another very apt side-by-side comparison of an original bit of writing and the writing of one Ms. Margaret Wente that was subsequently published on the Op-Ed page of the Globe and (nolongerEmpire) Mail.

Here is the lede of MC's latest:

Seems Twitter played a big role in recent events. I happened to remember (and look up) a column of Ms. Wente’s about Twitter today.

Nicholas Carr is a writer whose article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid” Ms. Wente discussed in 2008. He blogs at Rough Type. Here’s something he wrote on March 27, 2009 about a New York Times article on celebrity tweets (emphasis mine)....

The comparisons follow, and they are factual. They are also assisted by the Google in exactly the same way a microfiche bank or a dead-tree based newpaper morgue would been used in the past back to, well, pretty much as far back as you want to go.

The comparisons also demonstrate very clearly that the work of Ms. Wente published in the Globe was not entirely her own. In addition, the work that was published in the Globe under Ms. Wente's byline was not properly attributed to the person, in this case Mr. Nicholas Carr, who actually did it.

The work I mean.


Every time you hear, see, or read bloviating from the BigMedia wagon-circlers who have been impugning the work of Ms. Culpist (which is clearly her own) I suggest you check the actual work, here, before you form an opinion about it.

For the record, I have checked that work early and often.

And in my considered opinion it is first rate.



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