For a related story, click here. For more details, follow this link. These are useful additions to an online news story. Hyperlinks after all, are a distinct feature of web-based articles. So what is a reader expected to do with a link published within an article in a...newspaper? Is it a case of convergence taken beyond reasonable confines? Or we should confidently say it was an error?
That may be so, but it does raise some issues, away from riding on the innocent mistake, to err is human type of defensive mechanism, which by design is meant to insulate against any deriding by critics.
Can one conclude that journalists do their research before penning articles?
Can one conclude journalists base their stories on what has been posted on the Internet and properly attribute?
Can one conclude journalists pass on other people's online ideas as their own print creations?
That's where convergence needs to be confined. Where there are multiple sources of the same original thought.
In an online platform, hovering above a passage of text could reveal if that particular section was copy-pasted, because the link somehow gets embedded in the process of lifting the material.
The plagiarism might be invisible to the eye, but it's quite noticeable to a computer mouse pointer.
Makes you wonder what would happen, when it becomes possible to hover over all articles in a newspaper.
Do I hear an Amen for future clickable newspaper articles?