[SIGCIS-Members] Fact Checking Before Internet

Jean Graham jean.graham at stonybrook.edu
Sun Dec 2 10:29:47 PST 2018


James and Bill, you guys might enjoy reading "The Lifespan of a Fact,"
and/or the script for the play based on the book, which is currently
showing in New York City. It's a more recent account of fact-checking than
you're looking for, but may have useful insights.

On Sun, Dec 2, 2018 at 12:14 PM Julie Cohn <cohnconnor at gmail.com> wrote:

> James and Bill -
>
> I’ve mentioned your project to a friend who has been a long-time writer
> for Texas Monthly, the New York Times, and other publications. She is going
> to provide me with some contact information later this week. I’ll message
> you off-list with details.
>
> Great idea for a project!
>
> -Julie
>
> *****************************
> Julie Cohn, Ph.D.
> Research Historian, Center for Public History
> University of Houston, 315 McElhinney Hall
> Houston, TX 77204-3007
> cohnconnor at gmail.com
>
> Author: *The Grid: Biography of an American Technology** (MIT Press,
> 2017)*
> https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/grid
>
>
>
>
>
> On Dec 1, 2018, at 8:42 AM, James Cortada <jcortada at umn.edu> wrote:
>
> Bill Aspray and I are exploring how fact checking was done between the
> early 1950s and the mid-1990s using computers and networks, that is to say,
> before the wide use of the Internet, snopes, Wiki etc. If you are aware of
> specific examples, or documentation, about this use of computing, please
> let us know. We are interested in all manner of fact checking, not limiting
> it to press challenges of statements by politicians, hoaxes, and faulty
> scientific research.  Thanks for your help.
>
> --
> James W. Cortada
> Senior Research Fellow
> Charles Babbage Institute
> University of Minnesota
> jcortada at umn.edu
> 608-274-6382
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