How to think of the Web

From Prof. Jon Westling‘s syllabus for his discussion section of CC 202 in Spring 2004

The Internet [like fire, money, science, water, and other elemental entities] can be a helpful servant, but it is a bad master. In the disciplines of the humanities and the social sciences, unlike in some scientific disciplines, it is not customary for new scholarship to be posted to the Web. Nor are most of the significant articles, monographs and books of earlier generations routinely available online. Finally, most of what is on the Web is unedited: it has not been reviewed for accuracy or cogency. Beware. When in doubt, go to the library.

Well put.


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