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Sunday, February 13, 2005

My students have a weekend reading assignment from The New York Times, but the clips below won't be on the quiz... I might talk about them in class when we discuss related issues in information-searching, including avoiding hoaxes. The Times isn't my only source of information overload this weekend, but it's a start...

'The Rise of the Indian Rope Trick': The Grift of the Magi. A famous (but impossible) magic trick has its roots in a journalistic hoax, reveals a new book by Peter Lamont, reviewed for the Times by the contemporary magician named Teller.

Teaching Students to Swim in the Online Sea. Wiring schools is of little use unless students know how to find useful information in the oceans of sludge on the Web, according to a Times technology section story by Geoffrey Nunberg.

Knoxville bloggers in Wall Street Journal. Writing an opinion column for the WSJ, Glenn Reynolds, publisher of the weblog, quotes SouthKnoxBubba as a Democrat blogger critical of the state's Democratic governor...

I'm not a frequent reader. Do WSJ headlines use the word "Bubba" often? More often than the Times uses the word "flak" or "spin" in a story headline, slug or Web URL about the public relations industry? Both topics best left for later. Back to my homework.

Oops... Speaking of spin, I almost forgot a Washington Post story I want to bookmark for later -- Sean Daly's feature headlined, 10 Million iPods, Previewing the CD's End. (I may use it as an example of an anecdotal lead and as an example of giving a feature a news hook -- in this case, the Grammy Awards.)

Finally, although the weekend assignment was from the Times, I hope my students didn't miss the story about my friend Barbara Kaye's research on the front page of the Sunday News Sentinel. We can use it in class to discuss the "timeliness" problems of basing news stories on published academic research, given the long analysis and peer-review process involved in the research process.

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