Thursday, March 02, 2006

A steady feed of Irie Canuck

From Malcolm Gladwell's explanation for why he has started a blog:
I have come (belatedly) to the conclusion that a blog can be a very valuable supplement to my books and the writing I do for the New Yorker.
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Let me give you a small, immediate example. In my October 10th article for the New Yorker, "Getting In" I quoted from a fascinating study done a few years ago on the graduates of the elite Hunter College elementary school in Manhattan. But I didn’t get give the title of the book or its authors. Why? Well, the New Yorker is not an academic publication: we don’t footnote every source the way people do in scholarly journals. There are all kinds of things that any of us who write for the New Yorker read and that influence our writing but that we never acknowledge, because we don’t run bibliographies at the end of articles. That’s a constraint of the popular magazine business, and whether sources get mentioned is up to the judgment of writers and editor. In this case, though, I think I erred. I quoted from the book. I should have referenced it. So here goes...