Building trust in media

CiteIt is developing new digital tools that help combat misinformation and selective quotations. These tools show the context surrounding the quoted media in order to build trust and understanding.

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Click on text in blue box below to see the quote in context.

Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free.

Why Start with Wikipedia? #

Future Goal: Journalism & Academia

My goal is to bring contextual citations to Journalism and Academia, but I expect I will need to postpone this goal until after I:



My currrent strategy is to convert the English-language Wikipedia articles to contextual citations as a showcase of what would be possible in journalism and academia.



Sample Wikipedia Articles #

Click on an image below to view sample Wikipedia articles that feature contextual quotations.


John F. Kennedy PortraitJohn F. Kennedy
Ruth Bader Ginsburg PortraitRuth Bader Ginsburg
Hillary Clinton photo by Gage SkidmoreHillary Clinton
Donald Trump official portraitDonald Trump
Wikipedia: Article PopupHamlet
Pride and PrejudicePride and Prejudice
Manned Orbital LaboratoryManned Orbital Laboratory
SyphilisSyphilis

Contextual Video #

If the writer cites a YouTube URL, CiteIt looks up the surrounding context using the YouTube API and embeds the video.

Expanding Video Blockquote #

  1. a Western is where is conceptually a world in which there is no law and order and a man shows up and imposes personally law and order on the territory the community right
  2. so there is also a eastern what is in Eastern and Eastern is a place where by contrast is a story where they're like I got this straight it was four types the Eastern is where there is law and order there is so there are institutions of Justice but they are have been subverted by people from within so an Eastern would be the Serpico is an Eastern it's a crooked cop who is it's the bad apple who has you know screwed up there there's lots of tons and tons of of Hollywood movies are Easterns
  3. the northern is the case where law and order exists and law notre is morally righteous system works law know that show law and order is a northern it's a functioning apparatus of Justice which reliably and accurately produces the right the correct result in confronting criminality every single day when it's on TV
  4. the southern is where the the entirely the southern is all John Grisham novels or Southern's they are where the entire apparatus is corrupt and where the reformer is not an insider but an outsider

HTML Formatting (such as bold and italics) is allowed within a citation, so long as the plain-text version matches the original quote's plain-text version.

Contextual Video Popup #

↓   Click blue-grey link to View Contextual Video popup  ↓

One point Gladwell made was that there are no bad neighborhoods there only bad blocks. By this Gladwell meant that crime is concentrated in small areas (blocks), which require a concentrated response, rather than a blanket “stop and frisk” policy that affects whole neighborhoods.


How CiteIt Works #

Authors opt-in to CiteIt by:

  1. providing a URL for the quote they are citing,

    • Expanding Text Blockquote

      <blockquote cite="https://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/jeffauto.asp">
      Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free.
      </blockquote>


      Expanding Video Blockquote

      If the writer cites a YouTube URL, the CiteIt webservice will automatically pull the surrounding context from the YouTube transcript, if it exists and embeds the video in an expanding div.

      <blockquote cite="https://youtu.be/OnEjzmR9Hvw?t=231">
      <ol class="num">
      <li>a <b>Western</b> is where is conceptually a world in which <b>there is no law and order</b> and a man shows up and <b>imposes personally law and order on the territory</b> the community right
      <li>so there is also a <b>eastern</b> what is in Eastern and Eastern is a place where by contrast is a story where they're like I got this straight it was four types the Eastern is where there is law and order there is so <b>there are institutions of Justice</b> but they are have been <b>subverted by people from within</b> so an Eastern would be the Serpico is an Eastern it's a <b>crooked cop</b> who is it's the bad apple who has you know screwed up there there's lots of tons and tons of of Hollywood movies are Easterns</li>
      <li>the <b>northern</b> is the case where law and <b>order exists and law notre is morally righteous system</b> works law know that show law and order is a northern it's a functioning apparatus of Justice which reliably and accurately produces the right the correct result in confronting criminality every single day when it's on TV</li>
      <li>the <b>southern</b> is where the the entirely the southern is all <b>John Grisham novels</b> or Southern's they are where the <b>entire apparatus is corrupt</b> and where the reformer is not an insider but an <b>outsider</b></li>
      </ol>
      </blockquote>

      HTML Formatting (such as bold and italics) is allowed within a citation, so long as the plain-text version matches the original quote's plain-text version.



      Contextual Video Popup

      If a cite URL is specified, the CiteIt javascript library converts <q> tags into Contextual Popups that render JSON data that was looked up by the CiteIt API:

      <p>One point Gladwell made was that <q cite="https://youtu.be/cE1g3GJCq7o?t=2587">there are no bad neighborhoods there only bad blocks</q>. By this Gladwell meant that <strong>crime is concentrated in small areas</strong> (blocks), which require a concentrated response, rather than a <strong>blanket “stop and frisk”</strong> policy that affects whole neighborhoods.</p>


  2. calling the CiteIt webservice, which looks up the quote and creates a JSON file with the contextual data,
  3. installing the CiteIt jQuery library on their website. (This can be done with the WordPress plugin)
    • This library looks for <blockquote> and <q> tags that have a "cite" attributes,
    • Looks up the contextual JSON file that the webservice just computed,
    • Changes the UI for blockquotes and q tags so that they expand when clicked on,
    • Injects the quote's contextual text from the webservice's JSON data into the popup window or sections surrounding the quote.

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