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The Dangers of Fact Checking

I keep tripping down the “dangers of fact checking” side road. I write a line or two or paragraph or so in the lovely little thesis and then I need to check a Fact. Yes, make sure it is True and that I have Back Up for it, not just the swell of years of weblog reading and SXSW panels confusing the Facts. Yes.
So, I check a fact. Go the website, I remember reading it on. Google the fact. Google the site and approximate month I remember reading it.
Danger! Danger! Danger!
Do I then quickly note the fact and URL and go back to writing…. No. I find myself 30 – 45 minutes later delighting in George’s archives from 2003 or Adam G’s from 2002, how delightful, how interesting, more links, more sites. I want to read more.
Snap out of it! Go back to writing. Tomorrow is the big day.

4 Responses to “The Dangers of Fact Checking”

  1. Ms. Jen

    Actually, I am on the final stretch and am in a good mood. My reader, a friend with an eagle eye, will be reading the thesis tonight, I will do edits in the morning, off to the printer, drop that puppy off at with our course co-ordinator, and then off to have a lovely glass of wine.
    I have rented a car for the weekend and getting the heck out of Dublin! Wahoo!

  2. Elemmaciltur

    Well, then have fun! And congrats on getting things done…talking about which, I really need to start putting pen on papers…or rather, fingertips to the keyboard soon.