Monday, July 05, 2004

Media Bias, Blogging, Academia


Media Bias, Blogging, Academia



"The law" consists of both facts and laws.

Laws are often in dispute, and it appears that facts fare no better in the last analysis.



What is a fact? Is it a matter of fact? Or is it a matter of bias?

It appears that the latter is true.



Via Instapundit we are directed to a study entitled A Measure of Media Bias by Tim Groseclose, Department of Political Science, UCLA, and Graduate School of Business, Stanford University and Jeff Milyo Harris, School of Public Policy University of Chicago.



The study shows clearly that the news which media serves up to us is anything but a balanced view of world events and of what is "actually" happenning. Indeed, the study reveals that the news media - the primary reporters of "fact" - are on the average far more left of left than perhaps even the worst media detractors could have imagined.



It is interesting to note that blogging developed as an alternative to counteract this imbalanced news reporting - a skewing of the facts that was and still is rampant in the news industry.



Ponder also how bad things may be by comparison in academia, especially in the humanities, where many faculties are even further left than the imbalanced news media.



The result is that mainstream scholarship is as distantly removed from a balanced presentation of ideas in its biased so-called "peer" representations of science as the news media are in their imbalanced potrayals of daily events.



Or to put it in more understandable terms, the treatment of the past is faring no better than the treatment of the present at the hands of the people who make the report and study of the past and the present their professions.



We continue to dissent and continue to offer probative evidence that much in our mainstream view of human history is quite wrong, and is partially at fault for leading to terrible events in our own time, based on historical ACADEMIC errors.



(See our various websites as indexed at the bottom of this page.)

Blog Trackback Function Explained


Blog Trackback Function Explained



How does "trackback" work? See here at HaloScan for a good FAQ discussion or go to HaloScan's specific Trackback page or go to Movable Type for specific blog platform implementations.



The Trackback Function

permits one trackback enabled blog

to notify a different trackback enabled blog

that the former blog

has referred to the latter blog

in one of its postings.



To get a trackback URL - which is then used to ping ("alert") the blog being referenced - the user clicks the appropriate "trackback" link on the other blog (this is NOT the same as the permalink!).



For example, in the Ancient World Blog Stonehenge we have clicked the "trackback" link

at the permalink page



giving a pop-up with the following trackback URL for that blog entry.



This latter trackback URL is used to "ping" the blog to be notified about the posting.



We then went to the HaloScan "manage trackback" page (for registered members only) and entered the required information for this ping.



After the "ping" is sent, the "Trackback" is now listed.



UPDATE: We see that the Volokh Conspiracy uses a simple method to obtain what they label "Possible Trackbacks" which link the Volokh Conspiracy permalinks to Technorati.

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