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  • Jan 4th, 2010 @ 10:50am

    Second sourcing

    I had an interesting personal experience with Ms. Le Guin. I once wrote to her to tell her that a particular essay in a collection she published was especially valuable to me, and in that letter I told her I thought the essay was so important that I had photocopied it and sent it to friends. In her reply she expressed not even the slightest objection to my sharing the essay in this way. Make of this what you will.

    People, it's a bad idea to form an opinion and make decisions about your own future actions based on what in journalism is called a "second source" - in this case, one individual's incomplete take on a situation involving Ms. Le Guin. A few people commenting here did go to the original sources before making a judgement and thank whatever powers that be that there are a few such people left in the world.

    To the rest of you, beware this trap of the Web. Misinformation abounds, some of it intentional. Don't add to it, no matter how innocently. Go to the original source before expressing an opinion. Otherwise you end up a puppet of the multitude of manipulators on the Web.