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Remember, Objectivity can be really tricky.

Because of the deceptive nature of the martinlutherking.org site, the King Center has changed the format of their web page to eliminate confusion. This is what the King Center's web site looks like as of January 2002:

Screenshot - The King Center

For a long time this is what the King Center's site looked like:

This page displays the previous format of the page maintained by the King Center, established by Coretta Scott King "as a living memorial dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the work of Martin Luther King." This site is certainly authoritative and has a positive attitude toward its subject. The site is biased in a positive way- "...dedicated to the...advancement..." of its subject, and is forthright in telling you so.

This second site, however, is a good example of a deceptive site. The deception lies in the fact that it attempts to hide its bias. Why does martinlutherking.org look so much like the original King Center site? Do the creators of this site hope you'll mistake it for the King Center? Also, you'll notice no obvious indication as to who is resonsible for the site. The only way to find out is to click on the link to contact the webmaster. Clicking on this link reveals the webmaster's email address. Notice the affiliation in the email address- "stormfront.org" If you search the internet for their web site you discover that they are a white supremacist organization- certainly not an objective source of information about the civil rights leader.

 

Screenshot - Seattle Times

Here is a site maintained by the Seattle Times. The stories and photos come from past issues of the newspaper. Because the Seattle Times is a reputable newspaper and because journalists have a certain level of commitment to objectivity, this site could be said to be more objective than the others.

Screenshot - Stanford MLK Papers

For similar reasons, this site may be the most objective of all. By following the "About the Project " link, you can learn that the King Papers Project is the result of a collaboration between Stanford University and the King Center. Their mission is to "...publish a definitive fourteen-volume edition of King's most significant correspondence, sermons, speeches, published writings, and unpublished manuscripts." By making original documents available on the web without interpretive comment, the project allows researchers to form their own conclusions from the materials.