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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

For Shaquanda Cotton--Cyberspace Mattered

Tribune reporter Howard Witt hasn't seen a reaction to a story quite like the one he got after writing about a controversy in the small Texas town of Paris.



If you had Googled the black girl's name, Shaquanda Cotton, the day before the story was published on the front page of the March 12 edition of the Tribune, you would have gotten zero results. On Monday afternoon, there were more than 35,000 hits.

The story has been picked up on more than 300 blogs around the country, many of them concerned with African-American affairs. It has generated thousands of postings to Internet message boards
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4 Comments:

At 3/27/2007 9:38 AM , Anonymous Theo J. said...

That just goes to show the power we have when we come together. This is a different era and technology plays a major part in our society.

That's what it's all about. Thanks for the informative posts you've been doing about Shaquanda.

 
At 3/27/2007 11:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It also highlights the flaws of relying on blogs for your news source, and accepting them as completely factual.

Anyone can write whatever they want in a blog and pretend that it is factual. It is up to the reader to conduct due diligence before forming an opinion on the subject. To do so before further investigation is not only lazy, but irresponsible.

 
At 3/28/2007 4:24 PM , Blogger Mother said...

Theo j. you're very welcome.

Anonymous, you're right. One should never rely on a blog for information.

 
At 3/29/2007 2:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's fine to use a blog for gathering information, but not as your sole source.

 

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