Twitter gains as academic source

TSU junior Kristi Roberts is quoted here along with WRITE Director, Samantha Morgan-Curtis.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Two years ago, Tennessee State University junior Kristi Roberts wanted to cite a tweet in a paper she was writing about the poem, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.”

It may not be televised, she thought. But it surely will be tweeted.

Even after the world followed Iran’s post-election uprising primarily over the social media website Twitter.com, Roberts decided to leave tweets out of her paper.

“At that point, it wasn’t really recognized as bona fide source material, as legitimate as a personal blog or an opinion in a newspaper,” she said. “My professor agreed.”….

Samantha Morgan-Curtis, an associate professor who directs the WRITE program at Tennessee State University, called Twitter’s rise from entertaining forum to legitimate academic source part of the “bottom basement culture” theory: Each new medium arrives on the scene with little respect. The next medium MLA decides how to cite, she said, will be determined by what new technology is introduced.

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