Saturday, February 05, 2011

America Today

Syndicated columnist, Mark Shields, on the Tuscon shootings:

"There was one observation that was made this week I just have to pass on to you by a friend of mine, Allen Ginsberg, who is an historian up in Maine. And he said,

'[W]e saw a white, Catholic, Republican federal judge murdered on his way to greet a Democratic woman, member of Congress, who was his friend and was Jewish. Her life was saved initially by a 20-year-old Mexican-American college student, who saved her, and eventually by a Korean-American combat surgeon.'

...And then it was all eulogized and explained by our African-American president. And, in a tragic event, that's a remarkable statement about the country."

The above is taken from the transcript of an installment of "PBS NEWSHOUR." There was a "quotation" (a modified version of the above) floating around the Internet (including Facebook) that credited Shields with the Ginsberg's words.

Comment on the importance of verifying sources (Ronald Reagan frequently said, "trust, but verify" - a phrase he borrowed) in our fast, reactionary, digital world. ALSO, comment on the actual quotation's meaning to you.


Anonymous Daniel S. said...

Verification of sources is of utmost importance in any type of writing, as it directly grants a sense of validity to a statement or quote. Otherwise, credit can be granted to another person who is undeserving of such, and in important situations this can result in... a bad grade. This quotation exemplifies the diversity in America, and the death of the white, catholic, Republican judge somewhat symbolizes the fact that the minority in this country is the majority, through years of migration and the cultural melting pot effect. Thus, the white man is not dominant anymore, giving this country a diversity that is rewarded with an effect of equal rights for all. This is showed as Ginsberg states first the religious differences (Jewish and Catholic), then the racial differences. Ginsberg also demonstrates equality by making the friendship between the Jewish Democrat and the Catholic Republican known to the reader. And so, the quotation attempts to verify the idea that in this country we are all different, but created equal nonetheless.

2/08/2011 08:00:00 AM  
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2/08/2011 08:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Luis Espinoza said...

Verification of sources is needed when giving any type of credit to any deserving individual. By doing this we verify that the necessary credit is given to the necessary individual. Otherwise, credit would be granted in a disorderly fashion to people and institutions that don't deserve the credit. This quote shows the diversity found today in the inhabitants of America. Also the diverse deaths that can occur with such a diversity of beings. Also the quote shows the receding dominance of the white figure in today's society.

2/08/2011 08:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Rachel Zajac said...

It is of the utmost importance for writers of all types to cite the sources they used when composing works. We should take into careful consideration that without verification of the original work, that we are plagiarizing, which can result in VERY harsh punishments. Because it is so easy to credit others when we use their words that there really should be no one that receives consequences. This makes me wonder why people make a simple mistake of not accrediting others and are willing to suffer for a short term gratification, which to me, is not worth the long term disappointment in others.
This quote epitomizes America today. It speaks of specific people in their daily lives when hit with tragedy, help each other despite race or religion. Like the last blog post, it encourages us to move forward, however it also accolades Americans for getting where we are today.

2/08/2011 08:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Jordan C. said...

The department of Education sponsored a study run by researchers at the University of Connecticut to see if students believed everything they read online. They made up a species of octopus called the Tree Octopus, made a website for it filled with (false) facts and asked students to research it. They all bought it and even after they were told it was a hoax, some refused to stop believing in the Tree Octopus. To believe in something as ridiculous as that because there is one website on it tells us quite a bit about the influence technology has on us believing everything we read. Like black and white printed literature, there is fiction and non-fiction. Our society just hasn't gotten into the swing of figuring verifying which is which online.
As for the quote itself, I d believe it says a great deal about the shape our world is taking. Slowly but surely things I certainly still hope will progress, have been. A long time ago, those totally different typed of people would probably only cross each others paths in a fairytale. Whereas here they are involved with each other, admiring each other, changing each others' lives, and saving one another. Quite honestly, that lifts my heart.

2/08/2011 08:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Emma Servin said...

The importance of trusting and verifying sources of their credibility is vital and becoming more difficult to accomplish in our astonishingly fast global community. It is essential to site sources that are credible. In return it provides integrity to my own work.
The quote borrowed by Ronald Reagan "trust but verify" pinpoints exactly what we must do in this digital era.
To me, it means before I cite a source it must be scholarly and an opinion highly respected by others.
I must be assured that the source supports the foundation of my argument.

2/08/2011 08:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Manny said...

When it comes to knowing who truly said what especially in a society where technology and Internet are vital to this "fast, reactionary, digital world", citing your sources solidifies your argument and helps avoid any problems that may arise because of the invalidity of your declaration. Ronald Reagan's quote, "trust, but verify", exemplifies the need for verification of what one may say. One should "say" that they trust a certain statement but they must not fully rely on it and count it as truth without proper verification that it is actually true. Someone should follow up on whether a particular statement is true and if it turns out to be a lie than they would point it out during verification. Bu if it's true, then we can say we had always trusted them.

2/08/2011 08:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Devondria R. said...

To cite a source wrong is considered a high-punishment crime in the literary world. It is of the upmost importance to quote, cite, or give the correct person their credit for their particular work. The quote shows the purpose of America- diversity. It displays how we as humans can put behind us the different races and look at a critical situation color-blind. When you see the impact races have on another race you see the interaction take place between America.

2/08/2011 08:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Hershey said...

Plagiarism is serious. It is unbelievably important to realize that quoting one's sources is a critical part in constructing a wholesome response. This is not to deter one from using the ideas and concepts of others, and, in fact, the use of these other ideas will enhance the argument and essentially make it stronger. Especially in this day in our "fast, reactionary, digital world," quoting one's sources is pivotal, as even the slightest hint of plagiarism is considered with the utmost gravity. On a world based off of the generating of ideas, it is no surprise that the stealing of them can be treated with the same importance.

That considered, I think that the quote is significant in its own right. It symbolizes the true synthesis of our nation, and the complete unity it has always striven to achieve. The concept is, and has always been, monumental, and this quote just proves that the assimilation IS taking place. Progress is happening.

2/08/2011 09:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Laith A. said...

I must say I was intrigued by Jordan's example. So...I look it up: here is the infamous Tree Octopus . I believe the experiment's results are both saddening and excusable. It's sad that people can't differentiate between blasphemous lies from daring truth. And even more so to differentiate between biased information and true, concrete, indisputable facts. But, this is expected. Our civilization has been revolutionized so rapidly in the past decade. Communication and the disposition of information have been revolutionized so rapidly, that it will take time and experience for our civilization to adapt to such a radically new medium. This new medium is like an untamed animal at the moment, but soon with experience with this new "animal" of communication, our civilization and the "animal" will naturally domesticate itself and grow tamed and controllable.

As for the quote, I feel that change truly is coming. In fact, it's under our noses right now. The chain which occured in this event could just be the bond which will unite this nation, and more importantly spread to hopefully unite this world. I feel that the diversity and selflessness evident in the Mexican-american 20-year-old and the Korean-American combat surgeon are only the beginnings of a great revolution of the mindset of our people, and soon the mindset of our world. This event, in my opinion, is only the tip of the iceberg, and will hopefully lead to change.


2/08/2011 09:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Taylor said...

Allen Ginsberg has described the changes that have happened to this country perfectly. His observation verifies the ideal that our nation has been striving for since the start: the unification of the people. It has taken a lot to get to this point and this will hopefully only improve.

One of the problems with the fast, accessible, usable information floating around is that it is easy and tempting to simply take pieces here and there, combine it all, and call it your own. It could be considered your own work. You did gather it all. But taking the ideas of others without having enough respect to admit that it belonged to someone else (or just too lazy to document it correctly) is similar to saying that, while you took their work, you didn't care enough about it or understand it completely to spend more time on it. At that point it is insulting.

2/08/2011 09:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Carmen Maciel said...

Knowing where your source comes from is vital. In our technology dominated society however, it is becoming more and more difficult to “trust, but verify”. Attaining a dependable source assures the credibility of any work. An unreliable source can result in grave consequences. Being of accused of plagiarism or anything of the sort is never beneficial. The quote discusses the rich mix of ethnic diversity America has become. We must not be afraid to accept our differences because America to an extent already has. This, the quote can verify.

2/08/2011 09:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Adriana Lopez said...

Attributing a source is very important. We should try to verify everything we read and separate fact from fiction. In our technology rich environment, ideas and stories are floating around all over the Internet. It is our job to take the information we read, double check its credibility and discern whether or not the information is reliable. We as a people have gotten into the habit of reading something and just automatically believing it because we read it on the Internet. Checking and verifying sources has become that more crucial as technology and information seem to be dramatically increasing and changing the way people think. I think the quote itself is really symbolic as to the state of the United States. We have synergized the people of the world for a unique purpose. We have established a home here for people of all ethnic backgrounds and created a mixing pot of information, ideas, religions and people. The quote idealizes the fact that we are truly the land of the free.

2/08/2011 09:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Adrian Bustos said...

Recently, a study was done to test if students believed everything they read online was fact. Jordan already commented on this story, but now that our society is developing into a digital marvel, it's even more important to check facts and sources, especially if your a journalist or reporter. To be fooled into believing such fallacies is to be ignorant of common sense, and to continue believing lies is just speechless.

The quote itself is inspiring, because it deals with tragedy and how far our country has progressed. However, i don't think the meaning has as much of an impact as years before. I think society has blended in to the point that this quote isn't "impressive". I just read, 'an American knew another American, whose life was saved by two Americans'.

2/08/2011 09:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Benjamin Cruz said...

"In our fast, reactionary, digital world" plagiarism and self-attribution of other people's ideas, thoughts, arguments, writings, etc. has unfortunately become a commonplace thing. The technologies characteristic of our digital era and the increasingly unrestricted and almost unlimited access they provide to these thoughts and ideas have facilitated this unpleasant reality of plagiarism.

It is therefore, of utmost importance to "trust, but verify" sources that are not one's own. Using other people's ideas and arguments to enhance and strengthen one's own is acceptable and strongly recommended just as long as credit is given to the authors and originators of such ideas. In my interpretation of the quote, "one must give credit to wherever and to whomever credit is due."

2/08/2011 09:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Zee "Ze-Ro" Rock said...

The importance of correct citation can not be underrated, although it often is. Today’s society is unfortunately comprised of, among other things, ignorance, indirectness, carelessness, and irresponsibility. All of these are qualities of those who don’t bother to credit those who write. It’s this that makes citation of work and recognition of the author vital to the literary world. Due to the facts that so many people are quick to jump to conclusions and others can be ridiculously critical, verification of sources is a necessary part of the writing and citing process.

The quote is another indicator of America’s integration of today. In a nation as diverse as the U.S., I am happy to see that such a simple sign of care among different races has gotten so much attention. Hopefully we can continue to become closer individually and nationally.

2/08/2011 09:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Caroline Peeters said...

The Internet offers so much information and data that sometimes it's hard to distinguish fact from fallacy. Though navigating through digital resources can be less time consuming than leaving through journals, newspapers, and books, it can sometimes be more misleading. Because so much information is available on the Internet, it's important to check sources; excellent resources can be found alongside some of the worst and untrue. Unlike searching on the web, when you use a research or academic library, the books, journals and other resources have already been checked by scholars, publishers and authors, making them more reliable. When searching the web, verifying the credibility, reliability, and accuracy of a source is the key to good research. As for the actual quotation itself, I like that Ginsberg purposefully spoke about the diversity of Americans. America is a quilt, a patchwork of different ethnicities, cultures, religions, and political beliefs which is what Ginsberg was emphasizing in this quote. He's saying that even though America suffered a tragic event, we're still able to redeem ourselves. 

2/08/2011 10:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Daniel G. "Gungooly" said...

Verifying a Resource: With vast availability of resources and numerous individuals producing works for the world to view due to ease in doing so, one must be a critical thinker when perceiving a source, having an open mind yet being aware that all kinds of information are available, both useful and accurate or irrelevant and misleading. When verifying a source one must compare the source with other sources, analyzing content, points of view, date when composed, and such along with taking into consideration the context surrounding the creation of the source to avoid quoting out of context as has been done repeatedly before, misleading viewers into believing in lies. Misinformation can eventually emanate if one does not verify sources effectively because these sources can be overflowing with inaccurate statements. Verification of a source and crediting its author can prevent misinformation and can also maintain one well-aware of what is occurring around him and obtain a more solid understanding of any subject since he is ‘up-to-date’ with the topic and knows when incorrect statements are made by any misleading source. This is the importance of verifying and then trusting a source afterwards. I do not agree that any source must necessarily be well-respected or renowned, as stated in some commentaries above, to be reliable. As long as you can verify the source and make sure it contains valuable and reliable content, it can be regarded as useful. Don’t judge a book by its cover or fame. What fills its pages is what matters.

America Today: The quotation above, narrating an event that depicted people of several ethnic/racial groups contributing to help a fellow American in need, can represent a “remarkable statement about the country.” Desegregation and cooperation among races, decreasing irrational stereotyping and discrimination, is a positive statement to make about America, since its inhabitants are living in greater harmony and tranquility with each other and demonstrating less hostility towards one another. This is contrary to what was seen in previous centuries, such as segregation of Blacks and Whites and forcing Blacks into the bottom of American social life, such as the back seat on the bus.
Despite improvements however, there are still racial and gender inequalities which I do not view with high regards. One example would be the granting of scholarships to certain people in certain ethnicities, endowing people of specific groups advantages over others. I acknowledge that this is an attempt to assist minorities, immigrants settling the country, yet other groups are ignored, mainly Whites. I would propose the alternative of just granting everyone equal scholarships opportunities, not just Hispanics or African American women, instead of targeting certain people because, in the end, the groups ignored may have need of such benefits as well. I have experienced this personally.
When I was transitioning from middle to high school, prestigious schools, such as St. Marks offered me various opportunities of admission because I am Hispanic, while my friend, a White male, did not receive much, if at all, despite his academic excellence.
Despite such improvements in America regarding race and gender, there are still aspects to be considered, such as the ones stated above. Also, being from South America, a region with highly mixed peoples, I view the U.S as still being behind when it comes to this, because in my country race barely matters, if at all.

2/08/2011 12:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Vaishnavi Singh said...

Verification of sources is at the utmost importance to writers. If one decides to not cite something that is not of their possession, he/she is not only committing a crime, but also is cheating them-self. If one does not do what is needed, credit would be given wrongly to people that don't deserve the credit. It is most unfair to the original author. One thinks that they have taken the easy route by not citing what is necessary, but they will later on realize that they have actual taken a long path of failure and disappointment.
The quote mentioned relates to America's diversity. Being color blind is not all bad sometimes. We as a country, need to learn to look at things from a clear, racial-free perspective. This quote mentions how people can work together as commoners, not different beings. In this quote, two Americans helped save another one with their teamwork and effort. This, in an essence, symbolizes how much racism is not needed. From a personal perspective, the quote was very inspiring.

2/08/2011 01:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Alex J. said...

In modern society, things are often and easily misconstrued. With the touch of a button things can quickly be modified for the worst. That is why we must verify all information that we allow to dictate our thoughts and actions. Not only might we be trusting a false source, someone may be accredited falsely, and no writer deserves to have someone else take credit for their work.
Gingsberg's words illuminate a beautiful picture of a diverse America acting in unity. However beautiful the picture is though, it does annoy me slightly that as Americans we constantly feel the need to outline that we are, in fact, not racist. I feel that if America truly has recovered from its prejudice past, and it has not fully, it will show. However, because I know that know these situations take time, I appreciate the hopeful picture Ginsberg portrays of a progressive America.

2/08/2011 01:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Franco B. said...

The verification, crediting or citing of sources is one of the most vital parts of any writer's job. If not, it is one of the writer's primary duties to give rightful credit to those other writers, scholars or individuals who either provided sources or actual quotes in their work. Incorrect or no crediting of sources is not just illegal, it represents that the author of such material does not regard other authors in such esteem. Also, without verification, one who desires to use the information on a school essay, a research paper or even a college entrance essay cannot be certain that the information provided is trustworthy and could be constrained in using data, but they might not know if the data is useful or not. Verification of sources is a simple task that guarantees the information is dependable and will provide credible support to the work it is being used in.

As for the quote itself, it is a true, heartfelt comment on the current state of American society, which transitioned from a racist, Anglo-controlled population in the 1950s to a more tolerant country in the current day. It is almost inconceivable that a world which witnessed the rise of individuals or organizations that have preached the support of one race's power over the other, or the dominance of one religion over others and similar societies has also seen the power of individuals who fought against this oppression, of all races and of ethnic backgrounds. Because people always want to view different people as "lower" or "less significant," racism takes a deep hold in society, spreading from generation to generation. However, tolerant people of the world also strive to make changes and eradicate the feelings of being genetically superior that some have. Luckily, racism is nowhere near the level it was in years prior. Yet, the United States still does suffer the effects of racism from decades past but from the current day. As Daniel G. had said before, I, being South American, did not experience the acts of racism I have heard and witnessed. The United States is not a discriminatory nation; people within it are the discriminants. If people can join together to find cures for diseases or improve the life of others, then we can all come together to eliminate racism and view everyone as equal.

2/08/2011 01:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Kendall McCune said...

It is hard to always believe what we read on the Internet nowadays. When doing research it is very important that the sources we use are credible. There is so much information out there for us to read and use that many do not always know if it is real or made up information. People are very careless with their research and checking to see if the source that they are using is reliable. Citing sources correctly is a good way to let the reader know that what they are reading is credible and a reliable source. It is never fair to have your own work given credit to another person who had nothing to do with it. That is one of the major problems with the Internet and research today. The quote shows how diverse our country has become, despite the racial problems we had in the past. It proves that in times of crisis, specifically the Tuscon shootings that the quote refers to, race and religion do not come in the way of saving someone's life. It is a great example of how our country has come together and united.

2/08/2011 01:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Elliese S. said...

By verifying sources, the correct people get credited. It is false information when the wrong person gets credited and in the world of technology today, a piece of information spreads fast. When things spread so fast, information is lost, confused, and misinterpreted. It is like the game Telephone. Someone whispers something and in the end it ends up as something completely different. Crediting the wrong person is practically a lie.

It is critical to connect significant quotations to the right people because some of the biggest characteristics that define people are the words that come out of their mouths.

Ginsberg's statement defines a big part of America: diversity. Like Shields comments it is a remarkable statement. At one point in history, many people outside of the United States believed that all of their dreams could come true in America. They believed that they could be free and live a wonderful life. Today many people still believe that. Because of that dream many different people come to America, identifying it as a diverse place. I believe more people should read Ginsberg's statement and realize that all of these different people that live in our country make our country strong and united. It has pulled us through the shooting in Tuscon.

2/08/2011 01:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Ion said said...

In an age where verifying the validity of a statement or document means conducting a search through a search engine, one must clearly underline ones definition of truth or accuracy for that matter. It should be common knowledge that many articles and documents on the interweb do not undertake the same level of scrutiny and labourous editing of published works (with possible exception of scanned copies of said works). While internet sources should not just be overlooked or deemed worthless, one should approach these sources with some measure of caution because the relative ease of manipulation of these documents should not be overlooked, underestimated, or presumed.

On the quote, my thoughts lead me to question the importance our society places on ones skin colour, religion, and (though not to such a degree) gender. Though this nation has been founded by immigrants and radical ideals and freedoms, these ideals and freedoms haven't always extended out to everybody. It seems as though we want unity through distinction rather than unity through fraternity (or maternity, however you see it) and this notion of limited unity can only go so far. Until we begin to view ourselves as Americans rather than African-Americans, Asian-Americans, ect., we will only be partially united as one nation with many peoples rather than one nation, one people. As our influence in the world is constantly being challenged it is essential that we, as a people, no longer place so much importance onto such a trivial matter as race (which I find as a ambiguous term), religion, or gender and boldly go where no man has gone before.

2/08/2011 01:51:00 PM  
Anonymous William M. said...

Plagiarism, whether intentional or accidental, is an immoral act of injustice. In this case, Mark Shields is not the one who has not given due credit to the appropriate source. Allen Ginsberg's work was misquoted by whoever began the "'quotation' floating around the Internet." This shows how equally important it is to read carefully as it is to cite. Though Shields did give credit to Ginsberg, had the reader of this transcript of this installment "trust[ed], but [verified]," as the proverb goes, the accidental illegality would not have been committed. Without the citing Shields gave, little to no credit would ever be given to Ginsberg for his words.

I thought it was interesting how the article made a point of America's melting-pot-like characteristic, how each of these people have different ethnic or racial histories. Research for this document is difficult, due to the credit error, but it is clear Ginsberg wished to convey the melting-pot-ness of America. It truly is remarkable that such different ethnicities can see each other as equal (except for people such as Jared Lee Loughner), and come together in that way to help someone. The Tucson shooting was tragic, but I think the country responded well.

2/08/2011 01:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Dragana said...

In today's world, information and access to it is being spread faster and with greater coverage than ever before. It seems as if the dogmas and doctrines of all people are crossing each other. This is changing the way we do things, how we think and what we believe. This is blurring boundaries while setting new ones, imposed by factors that we previously would have never though of. Though technology is thought to be primarily a unifying force, it is distancing us. The ability to discern and more importantly, the ability to recognize what to do when confronting information is, ultimately, the deciding factor of its use. America has responded well to news of the Tuscan shooting, so we further remain hopeful for unity and equality.

Ideas are being shared, adopted, and revised continuously; so we must be prepared to deal justly with them by discerning the source and giving proper credit to them who deserve it. Plagiarism is theft, therefore is as immoral as lying and cheating. We must uphold basic morals.

2/08/2011 04:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Cassandra H said...

Verification of sources is important in thet sense that it gives due crdedit where credit is due. It is also important in the sense that, not all information recieved on the internet is true. By citing sources and crediting those who you recieved assistance or took quotes from you are assigning a higher degree of veracity to your work.
The actual quote itself portrays a sense of unity for the country. Ginsberg elaborates on the idea that this country is progressing as far as setting aside political, religous, and ethnic differences by coming together in a despairing situation which is something this country has strived for.

2/08/2011 07:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anna Gomez said...

The information highway that is our world has given us access to virtually anything that has ever been expressed in writing. The increase in the blind citing of sources has greatly contributed to lack of professionalism in research in that students seem to regard the quantity of sources in their written works more highly than the quality and credibility of the sources they are verifying. The world must consider the ideas and opinions of others in forming their own, so that their work is not only comprehensive but convincing as well. However, recognition must be given to the origin of these ideas; otherwise the ideas of the writer are moot and irrelevant.

In regards to Ginsberg’s words, it is true that tolerance has made much progress in the United States, as this country prides itself on the notion of equal opportunity and diversity. The Tucson shootings have provided a national opportunity to reflect on the advancement of American open-mindedness, however, real celebration of tolerance will come when the scars of intolerance truly fade from the minds of the public. Change is coming, but I believe that it is American’s destiny to continually evolve and mold itself with the creation of new ideas, formation of new philosophies, and conception of each generation.

2/08/2011 07:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Nohemi Mora said...

People really need to take the time to verify and cite their sources. Among this "sea of [irrelevant]" information, as Postman put it, it is difficult to tell what information is true and which is not. By citing sources you can go back and determine if that person is a reliable source or not. Just giving someone credit for something they said or did is important. It's like creating a joke that your friend spreads around but he/she gets the credit for it.
The way Ginsberg clearly contrasted Gifford, the judge, the student and the surgeon illustrates what this country is comprised of, people of different backgrounds that tolerate each other. The event was Kennedy's idea of an America "safe not only for democracy and diversity" that ended in a dark, twisted way. The idea of democracy was present, the diversity is obvious, but it took one person who couldn't think of a better way of showing his opinion to ruin it.

2/08/2011 09:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Rebecca Estrada said...

Verifying sources is very important in showing the truth about a certain comment or quote. The quote, "trust, but verify", not only reminds readers to give credit to the right person, but also provides background on what the writer has gone through and has seen with his/her own eyes.
The quote itself illustrates that although something tragic occurred, people who have different backgrounds came together to help during the shooting. It also shows the diversity of our country that many people thought was impossible, Ginsberg's words praises the courage of those who sacrificed for strangers, and eventually saved them.

2/09/2011 06:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Vanessa w. said...

Verifying your sources is important so you can make sure you sound intelligent all of the time and so you can make sure you are giving people the correct information. Say you wrote a college entrance essay on this Tree Octopus(not likely but if it did happen) The admissions people read your essay and think you're making a joke out of them. They file your application in the circular file X and you're heart broken.(you were really serious about this topic) Make sure what tell people can be backed up by someone or something credible.Now verifying sources and citing sources is different.Citing is important too so other people an con and see if the source is credible and if you are credible.see if the source is credible and if you are credible.
This quote is saying that us as Americans CAN come together and ignore race and religion to achieve a goal. But are we willing to?

2/09/2011 06:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Jamilla Emerson said...

The act of citing the sources used while writing a document or assignment and refraining from participating in plageristic behaviors assured readers that the information read is credible. Not only is it common curtesy to admit the original ownership of the words used but it creates an underlying relationship with the writer and reader, one that is built of trust, so that it is easier to accept the remainding contents of the document. In this day and age it is painfully common for the majority of the population to believe anything they hear or read if it is wrapped in intellegent words and clever analogies. So it is absolutely important to credit the sources used to prevent the progression of this embarrassing gullibility.

The actual quote was an inspirational observation of how far we have come as a united nation of people. For so many different people with different nationalities to come together and help each other without any hesitation is a beautiful thing. Although we are not completely there yet, we are close to overcoming outrageous and outright racism.

2/09/2011 07:00:00 AM  
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2/09/2011 09:19:00 AM  
Blogger Theo said...

This exemplifies the alteration of information as it passes through multiple media, also gives reason for caution when seeking a reliable source. Reagan seems too be stressing that citizens should not lose trust in their resources, only learn how to find corroboration before accepting information.
The quotation itself addresses (not-so-subtly) the multi-racial nature our country in recent times. I also hear an implication that the social problems in our country cannot be blamed entirely on race relations if the so many people of such variant ethnicities can cooperate so effectively.

2/09/2011 09:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Roman M. said...

The verification of sources is important, especially when using them to prove a point. One must prove that their information is credible. If not, their whole work could and most likely will be counted among those of amateurs.
The quotation accurately depicts the status of racism in our country today. Racism is dying and people seem to be getting past prejudices that come with it.

2/09/2011 09:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Emma Schweitzer said...

Correct verification of facts is needed to make sound arguments. Otherwise entire points lose their stitching and eventually break apart. In biology it can be compared to the denaturing of an enzyme or other proteins. When this happens they become ineffective and useless. While we do need to have trust, and more importantly be able to trust the information given to us by news corporations and the press, verifying that the sequences being broadcasted are correctly being stated is just as important. Seeing that many internet and Facebook creditor's got the quotation wrong means that we need to be conscious when reading and verifying what's be given to us.
The way Ginsberg defined and then compared all the different people who played a role in Tucson shooting emphasizes that a group of different people were helpful during the chaos. When he transitions from the different people who make up the country, the people who saved Gifford, to the man who is African-American and represents all of us, it pulls together the idea that the U.S. is a multi-cultural nation, showing that no one culture or group is at fault. Instead we work together during a crisis rather than act in sects.

2/09/2011 12:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Jonathan Hong said...

In our era of technology there is an abundance of information circulating around, the verity of much of which is questionable. Too much information exists that is of dubious origins and therefore it is crucial for us to verify sources in order for us to learn the truth and only the truth. The quotation shows the diversity of America and how it has truly emerged as a melting pot of nationalities, religion, etc. The quote shows the wide range of people that call America their home.

2/09/2011 08:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Jonathan Hong said...

In our era of technology there is an abundance of information circulating around, the verity of much of which is questionable. Too much information exists that is of dubious origins and therefore it is crucial for us to verify sources in order for us to learn the truth and only the truth. Not verifying sources may lead to writers spreading around false information, losing their own credibility in that process.

The quotation shows the diversity of America and how it has truly emerged as a melting pot of nationalities, religion, etc. The quote shows the wide range of people that call America their home. In context, the quotation seems to emit a sense of racism. If it is a simple report of what has occurred then why does it matter that the judge who was killed Republican and white, why does it matter that why does it matter that her friend was Jewish. It is truly great cultures from all over the world have been integrated into American culture and how diverse this nation has become but the quote itself does not seem to express that sentiment. In a report such as this, there is no reason to state the race or beliefs of the victim or the various people involved. What exactly is it trying to state in saying that the friend the judge was going to see was Jewish or that our president is black? Each is their own person and there is no relevance whatsoever between one's actions and their ethnicity unless it is an action done out of hate. This quote serves to show that racism still exists, though not as prominent as before.

2/09/2011 08:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Foster Davis said...

There is always a need to verify sources simply because information is almosst always changed as it is reproduced, especially through word of mouth. Whether it be certain euphemism used, certain words changed, or even certain information left out. These arent always neccessarily detrimental to the reproducer, but it could change the listener/readers entire point of view on the subject. So verification of sources is central to gaining the closest thing to the original truth, or the truth behind truths.
To me this quote only means the USA is becomming more "united" although there are still people who don't wish this to be true. The US has come along way from people just ecaping their countries to live free to becomming an eclectic nation holding and encouraging the best people of all nations to join and become an American.

2/09/2011 09:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Vanessa V. said...

Nowadays, it is extremely hard to find sources that are both reliable and creditable in the giant world of technology. Most students, when doing research, cannot distinguish the difference between what is true and what is not. Also, they do not know how to correctly find sources or cite them. The problem is that there is too much information out there to tell what is true and what is not. Although the internet may be easier to filter, unlike the television, it is still difficult to recognize information that has not been copied or made up. This is and will continue to be a problem until students learn how to properly use sources, and how to discern good information from bad information.

2/09/2011 09:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Katherine Chernova said...

It is important for readers and writers to not take the task of verification lightly. All it takes is one misquoted or forgotten word to completely change the meaning of a sentence. These incorrect or poorly written sentences can be easily spread through media outlets and continue a cycle of ignorance from person to person or site to site. After all, there is no omnipresent proofreader in the media world and the ease of clicking “share this” or using the copy-and-paste method means that readers and writers must take on a role of responsibility when it comes to verification. The quote itself is an empowering message about America. It shows that racial lines that were present earlier in American history have been greatly diminished. Racial and ethnical preconceptions, although present, have a much stronger competitor in the concept of diversity. After all, the main impact of this quote comes from the fact that diversity was present in the midst of a tragedy. If Allen Ginsberg had instead chosen to say that “We saw a person murdered on his way to see another person. The second person was initially saved by another person and later saved by another person and then all of this was stated by another person,” the quote would have had a greatly diminished meaning. The main message of the quote is that diversity is a strong and unifying concept in modern-day society.

2/09/2011 10:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Bob the Blogger said...

Verifying is bad. One needs to trust information given to provide proper respet to its source. It's author rightfullly deserves this. Anything posted on the internet is automatically verified due to technological breakthroughs, and therefore ve4ification is unnecessary and ilogical.

2/09/2011 10:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Sabra Ewing said...

I agree that verifying is important. People often provide excuses for their lack of ability to verify sources, such as that they are not provided all the necessary information to do so. However, a bit of common sense and critical analysis can help distinguish between fiction and fact.
To me the quote means that, in trying to say express cultural diversity, America places too much emphasis on material factors such as race, religion, and political orientation. This is exemplified that the author of this quotation remembered all of these things about the individuals involved without really knowing everything about them.

2/10/2011 10:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Victoria Zimmerman said...

It is very important to verify sources and is unfair for someone to be credited for words he/she did not say and can be hurtful to either the actual sayer for not being credited or the accused for having someone else's thoughts pressed upon him as his own. In our digital world it is very easy to mistake someone's words for another person's, but it is also very easy to NOT do that. The internet provides many sources at the touch of a fingertip for people to read and verify their sources, and it is the duty of the writer to ensure that the sources are true.
Upon the matter of the actual quotation, I think that the variety of people and personalities is used to make a statement about the togetherness of our society that is becoming more common throughout America, and the world. The quotation to me is a message of unity among people, lack of discrimination and the usefulness of all people regardless of sex, religion, race, or political affiliation. This is a message that could do many Americans good in their normal lives to pay attention to.
However, the fact that the people working together so well stands out, marks that society is not completely this way and that it is still something to be worked on. When all these things can happen without anyone noticing how strange it is is when people will truly have passed their mental limits and extended themselves to the rest of humanity.
In all, the quotation is a message of growing unity and shrinking separation that is being helped along by acts such as those performed by these people.

2/11/2011 06:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Sumner I. said...

It's difficult to trust a single source due to the availability and quantity of information at present, both online and off. A person can put whatever they want online, whether it is true or not, and people reading what that person wrote may try to pass it off as their own. So where can we really look for "true" information? Books may lie as well, though the amount of people who go out to their local library in order to do research has diminished greatly. Even when at the library, most kids would rather use the computers than the books. The only real way to know a piece of information is to experience it for yourself.

3/06/2011 12:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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12/01/2012 10:20:00 AM  

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