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Blogs > Office Jotter

A rant (not mine) about poor computer journalism
Roger Whitehead By: Roger Whitehead, Director, Office Futures
Published: 11th January 2011
Copyright Office Futures © 2011

Steve Yelvington: Things I wish tech journalists would learn

This item caught my eye. so I thought I’d repeat it here while I’m working on a couple of longer pieces. I agree with what Mr Yelvington says; not so sure about some of the comments.

I see someone obligingly offered an example of the “Is your com­ment simply an excuse to plug your ser­vice or product?” tendency (see here). Anyone, even an American, who says “awesome” when he means “very good” or just “better than average” is a prat.

Many years ago, Darrel Huff published a book called How to Lie with Statistics. Teaching lying wasn’t its purpose, as you might guess. Rather, it was an aid to detecting and correcting the misleading presentation of numbers. It’s still available.


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