Words of Wisdom from Pop Culture

xkcd – Wikipedian Protester 

Finally, the picture for an idea that’s been floating around in my head as of late: when did we all start taking everything that anyone says as being truth, ‘cite’ unseen?  In an age where what the populace sees as news seems more closely tied to Op/Ed (see programming on MSNBC, Fox News, etc), wouldn’t it be refreshing if every fact-free conjecture was met with the response, “Cite your source,” (as opposed to “Incite your base”)?  

There’s actually a group that has taken this idea and run with it, placing “citation needed” stickers on ads around NYC and beyond (see the Know Your Meme page on [citation needed]).

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