Sunday, September 14, 2008

Lincoln Logs

Internet search engines are used by many households to locate the exact origins of common or at least memorable quotations, although the presence of sizable amounts of misinformation about the authorship of well-known texts can make these exercises in drawing upon the resources of collective intelligence subject to mistaken attributions. Those who follow the trajectories of such urban legends may be interested in the current debate about the citation of Lincoln by Sarah Palin to explain her prior comments about God's will and the war in Iraq. David Emery presents all the sides weighing in at "Did Palin misquote Lincoln?" from historians to television pundits.

Thanks to Vivian Folkenflik for the link.

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