The point of hyperlinks

I came across a strange blog post by Gerard Henderson who appears to be associated with something called the Sydney Institute. In his regular post “Media Watch Dog,” he comments on the Media Watch that mentioned my work with Andrew Leigh on media slant and he also spends time plowing through posts of mine on this blog. There are over 4000 posts but he focused this one where I link to the xkcd comic on optimal urinals. Anyhow, you can read his post yourself but as you can see, Mr Henderson fails to understand what a hyperlink is.

For his benefit, a hyperlink is a web link where a writer has assigned the address of another piece of web content and creates a means by which the reader can look at it. Here is an example. Mr Henderson mis-attributes this hyperlink to xkcd as not only a link to something I have written but also to a link of a serious bit of research. It is neither. Mr Henderson mis-attributes various amusing quotes written by Randal Monroe to me. He then invites Media Watch to take a closer look at “my research.” I’d invite them to take a closer look at Mr Henderson’s posts. How can someone purporting to watch the media not understand the point of hyperlinks? That said, his post doesn’t seem to contain any itself so this web-stuff might not be his thing.

13 thoughts on “The point of hyperlinks”

  1. It’s strange. How did he even find your blog? Presumably, he would have either had to have hyperlinked through the Media Watch website – in which case, his assumption should have been that the ABC wrote your blog – or he would have had to have googled you, in which case he would have thought that google wrote your blog, or even that Gerard Henderson wrote your blog. And what if he revisits your blog and finds your post that links to his blog? That would mean that you wrote his blog. Which would be yet more evidence that you’re an idiot whose other research shouldn’t be trusted…

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  2. Wow! That is simply amazing. I hope you ahve givne media watch the heads-up on this.  Gerard is a child of his generation but that is no excuse for a journalist and public commentator! Even worse for a president hopeful. Remember when John McCain said he had never sent an email?

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  3. Josh, in Gerard’s mind he is the pre-eminent expert on the news media in Australia — possibly in the world. You had the temerity to conduct research into media slant, therefore you have challenged Gerard, therefore your body of work must be subject to his forensic scrutiny and withering intellectual critique.

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  4. Gerard and his Sydney Institute are the last remaining fragment of the world as it existed pre November 2007.  He tries to be relevant – as relevant as anyone can be who has no sense of  anything that is fact or technology or science  based – but usually ends up being constrained by the ideology of the conservatives whom he worships – while inhabiting a very sad and dark place in a hidden orifice.

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  5. It’s sad stuff.
    In his dismissal of your paper, he calls your weighting scheme “so vague as to be incomprehensible” when he means he doesn’t and won’t try to understand it and that he invites others to take the same approach with pride.
    He’s an influential figure in this country.

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  6. As Roger implies above. Poor Gerard is irrelevant. He should have retired with John H. Funniest thing I ever heard about him was when a commedian/satirist used his name in describing the disqualification of Jane Saville in the Sydney 2000 Olympics 20 km walk. As I remember he said something like “Jane was about to walk triumphantly into the stadium when a nameless official in a white coat who looked like Gerard Henderson jumped out in front of her and proudly DQed her for lifting.” It seems like something he’d do.

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  7. Gerard Henderson does for the Liberal Party what 
    Francis the talking mule did for animal welfare.
    It’s an ugly job and nobody has to do it. But who would knock a crazy-timid volunteer?

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  8. Gerard was so quick to get on his high horse there wasn’t he?  What a tool.

    The general response to Gerard’s blogs is tl;dr.

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