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2000-10-10 20:55:37+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

About the death of primary sources, Salon has this article about figure modeling at the University of Idaho which references a story that's on the web, but completely ignores the story! Anyway, the original story is called the naked truth, the only thing recommending it is that it's got a few quotes that show yet again that getting naked is good for mental health and well-being.

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#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:30:25+00 by: bookjunky

You obviously didn't read very carefully. Salon.com's article in fact quotes extensively from the original article and is pretty close to the same tone.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:30:25+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, I knew I should've edited that. It's not that it completely ignores the original story, it's that it quotes a few times from the original story, but otherwise is a simple restatement. Why not just republish, or, even better, link to the original? Why the fascination with second-hand journalism?

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:30:25+00 by: markd

I'm sure from the business side of things it's to make more money. You don't have any ad impressions or possible clickthroughs when you link to someone else's article. The writers are probably freelancers who get paid by the story, so making a living becomes easier if you can find something interesting that someone else has written to "take and make your own."