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A question of ethics

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Here are the comments associated with the article reporting the death of University of Massachusetts student Katherine Sherman in today's Daily Collegian:

"facebook.com remark completely unnecessary."

"I agree. Just because Katie's close friends and family are not talking to the media doesn't mean that we should be referring to her facebook profile for information about her life. I understand that facebook is a public site, but as a close friend of Katie's I find quoting it after her death disrespectful and trite."

Both raise valid points and we'd like to throw the question back out to you, our readers. Is Facebook.com a source of information for media outlets like the Collegian? Sound off by commenting below.
posted by Derrick Perkins, 3:35 PM

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I have been requesting blogs, websites, etc. to refrain from making assumptions or raiding her Facebook/Myspace for quotes(especially without sources) until our family has released an official statement. Rest assured you will get most of not all of what happened with this statement, we are just waiting for the rest of the main family members to return home to discuss a statement release.

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