As a history major and creator of a contextual citation system, I’ve come to the realization how many famous quotations are passed down without access to the surrounding context.
Quotes Divorced from their Context
He’s a quote from FDR that we do have the context for: (click blue arrows)
the only thing we have to fear is fear itself
- “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” attributed to
- “A room without books is like a body without a soul” attributed to
- “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” attributed to Oscar Wilde
For lack of a better term, I call these “naked quotations“.
These show up in journalism and on Wikipedia where we frequently have to settle for the citation of a naked quote.
Back to Ted Nelson’s Original Vision
As part of an effort to build the trust of our readers, I encourage authors to
live to a higher standard by fully citing sources and providing their readers with context.
Ted Nelson’s original vision for hypertext kept quotes connected to their sources with two-way links.
My CiteIt.net project is a rather hackish way of getting back what was lost with the web, towards Ted’s original vision.