one day at a time…
Friday, 05 December 2003

Pix Of The Day: Objectivity Becomes Sidestepping
CREDITS: Southern Utah Wilderness Association/SUWA.org
Photographers and copyright holders (left to right):
© John George; © Chris Brown; © Tom Bean; © Scott Smith

Thumbnail clicks pop-up source pages.
Fremont River and Mount Ellen © John GeorgeHatch and Fiddler Cove Canyons © Chris BrownBull Valley Gorge © Tom BeanComb Ridge © Scott Smith
When choosing which web resources we will feature here, our decisions could hardly be more subjective. Thereafter we hope we switch into a more objective mode, trying hard to avoid overtly pushing our opinions, politics, and tastes.

The Zeal service (part of LookSmart, a player in the search engine market) is an attempt to create another human built directory of the web: they have formulated and published a set of guidelines, and if you want to measure your own abilities in such endeavors, then take the quiz. We have a friend who, after every piece of workplace research, reports back, "I never knew it was so difficult, or so complicated!"

This three part set, featuring pictures selected from the Southern Utah Wilderness Association (SUWA.org) web site, has exercised and tested our objectivity and restraint. If such things concern or interest you, we have left you to explore the SUA web site on your own. We hope you do not see this as sidestepping.

Many of the environmental issues raised in southern Utah are mirrored elsewhere. More immediately, following the Leavitt-Norton deals, Utah may become the model for the administration of wilderness areas in the whole of the USA. In the space of a paragraph we have become embroiled in a debate that is explicitly political in nature. We hope, at a later date, to examine the issues as objectively as we are able; it will be a difficult task to separate the facts from the abounding bias and misinformation.

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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)