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Re: volunteer proofreading organization


>       Not /only/ newspapers.  Magazines.  Pamphlets, anything related
> to this.

I think the major magazines like Newsweek have been very accurate. 

'Tis quite true that newspapers are notorious for making obvious technical
errors.  However, we must keep in mind that your typical newspaper writer
spends more time writing news articles than surfing the 'Net. 

I, too, get tired of errors of that sort, but who has the time to sit and
proofread every technical artical?  Technical articles in newspapers are
directed toward your average, non-technical person, as well as written by
a typical, non-technical person for the most part. :)  They're only 
human.  Let's give them a break.

Is it really worth the time and effort?  Not to me.  If the newspaper is
going to have errors in it, so be it.  I just chuckle to myself and let
the world go 'round. 

Justin Dobbs

On Fri, 25 Aug 1995, Ashley M. Kirchner wrote:

> > So I am sick of opening my newspaper in the morning and reading a story
> > about something that happened on America On-Line or CompuServe and at
> > the same time noticing that the article calls this the Internet.
> 	Not /only/ newspapers.  Magazines.  Pamphlets, anything related 
> to this.
> > So I would like to propose the formation of a volunteer organization of
> > Internet users who contact their local papers and volunteer to proofread
> > their technical articles to make sure they use the right terms.  Perhaps
> > we could make this a holy quest to make it so that even if the media
> > can't drop the pedophile bomb-making communist angle they will at least
> > use the right words.
> > 
> > Thoughts?
> 	I think this is great.  Count me in.


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