October 27, 2005

Newswriting Presentation

Ok..so I'm dealing with the first part of chapter four..

9 out of 10 people would say this is hard...
1 out of 5 every person that said it is hard would say this was super hard...

But the proxy doesn't say why it's hard.

That's what a proxy is people, it's when they say on TV "4 out of 5 dentists agree.." but then they don't really say what they agree on!

So the next time you take a survey, remember--that if you can't give a reason why you feel a certain way--your dealing with a proxy. The United States Cenus Bureau prefers a type of proxy.

As do many groups when they say "in a new two-year study.."

It's really fascinating.

What else is fascinating...sometimes a proxy is a good thing--or at least used for a good reason--because not everything can be measured precisely right down to who what where when how and why. So a proxy is used to get a rough guessimate. But a proxy is not really a good thing to use.

(oh, btw..if im using the incorrect term..please someone tell me!!!)

Posted by lougagliardi at October 27, 2005 01:02 PM | TrackBack
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