[SIGCIS-Members] Fact Checking Before Internet

James Cortada jcortada at umn.edu
Sun Dec 2 10:35:23 PST 2018


Thanks, I will check it out.

On Sun, Dec 2, 2018 at 12:29 PM Jean Graham <jean.graham at stonybrook.edu>
wrote:

> 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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James W. Cortada
Senior Research Fellow
Charles Babbage Institute
University of Minnesota
jcortada at umn.edu
608-274-6382
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