Another dot in the blogosphere?


Posted on: April 21, 2021

I am an ex-academic now. But I was a university faculty member and a graduate student for so long that citing my sources became second nature.

Why? If we do not provide sources, we are making claims without backing. And that might be one of the reasons why “social media” is rarely authoritative.  

For example, so much of Twitter, even edu-Twitter, is questionable. If someone posts a quote from a famous someone else, it should be accompanied with a valid and trusted source that provides evidence that those words were uttered.

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If we do not provide valid and trusted sources for what we are posting, we are part of the problem. We also perpetuate the problem that social media is not trustworthy.

Anyone can say anything. Few can back their words up.

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