Paper cuts.
Paper cuts.
Media criticism.
March 21 2005 5:51 PM

Paper Cuts

The myth of the broadsheet, and anonymice on the dangers of anonymity.

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Never mind the pod of qualifiers swimming through in those two sentences—"being looked at"; "potential tool"; "not aware of specific cases"; "might"—look at the sourcing. "Two federal law enforcement officials said on condition of anonymity. …" Seltzer points out the deep-dish irony of the Times citing anonymous sources about the imagined threats posed by anonymous Wi-Fi networks. Anonymous sources of unsubstantiated information, good. Anonymous Wi-Fi networks, bad.


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