posted on Oct, 5 2010 @ 05:05 AM
Oh, I nearly forgot the most important part, lol!
The quality of the source is not judged by its content
but rather by the questions asked
With other words; there are no such thing as a bad source, only bad questions to be asked towards a certain source.
Take for example the Roman historian and politician Tacitus and how he described the Germanic people of north Europe (a population he never met in
person); if you ask the source about the actual conditions
of the Germanic tribes you will get a pretty strange picture drawn up, but if you
instead as how did the Roman elite
view the same tribes, the answer will be much more revealing.
So, just because your source fails time and again when confronted with the "5 T's" (lol), it doesn't mean you should bin it right away. Maybe you
should just reformulate the inquiry, so to speak.
There, now I think I got it all straight.