Come to Jesus, part-time human aggregators of the crowd-sourced scrutiny machine

20 Aug

The NY Times David Carr weighs into the plagiarism/fabrication debate being played out in the US with the expose of Jonah Lehrer’s made up quotes, followed by allegations against Fareed Zakaria.

It’s a brilliant piece that breathes some sense into the debate and worth the read. Also, worth a special mention are some of his definitions which pepper the piece in characteristic style:

Columnists:  in part, human aggregators.

The Web: a crowd-sourced scrutiny machine.

Come-to-Jesus moment:  when an editor puts a journalist up against a wall and tattoos a message deep into their skull: show respect for the fundamentals of the craft, or you will soon not be part of it.

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