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8 June, 2007

Killer app?

I'm not going to get back into rebuttal of electromagnetic radiation scaremongering (nor am I going to call it debate, as the anti-scientists have no valid case to discuss), but Ben Goldacre makes an interesting tangential point about 'rhetorical devices and new media'; specifically that "blogs can actually be more reliable than newspapers for some forms of information, and in particular for 'who said what' comment and discussion".

Online, if one claims to have said something, or that someone else did, one can immediately link to that earlier instance, allowing the reader to see for him/herself. In print, one has the advantage/disadvantage of needing a reader's trust that one's reference to the earlier instance is accurate representation; there's no direct link.

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