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October 27, 2005

It Ain't Necessarily So (Ch 4 & 5) -- News Writing (EL 227)

"On a deeper level, though, the three stories share an important common factor: each case illustrates how we can be mislead be the research that uses proxy (as opposed to direct) measurement."

I thought that Chapter 4, The Perils of Proxies was interesting. Although we've established that this book is biased and everything else that's wrong with it. But it really is doing it's job. It's making me look at statistics and question their validity. I thought it was interesting though, that the authors used a television report as an example. We all know about television reporters. Haha. It was kind of nice to hear about something other than the NY Times and The Globe. The use of prxies kind of worries me though. Even the government uses them. Are there any statistics that we can trust?

Posted by CheraPupi at October 27, 2005 11:13 AM


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