Okay, so this will be a short post. My eye was drawn to this discussion in the Sunday Washington Post about Julia Roberts’ religion. Whether the choice of religion for Julia (yes, we’re on a first-name basis) means much in terms of how many Americans are Hindu is debatable… but I like the article because it provided a link to a great resource — a recent study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life that looks at religion in America. This is the sort of hyper-linking I’m hoping to model for my students — a link that takes an interested reader to information that backs up the point being made in the writing.
The link I followed in the article in the Washington Post is circled in red below. What I like about the word choice is that it takes a compelling statistic and makes that statistic the link, as if to say “if you want to know where I got the statistic that 78 percent of Americans identify as Christian, click this link.”