April 9, 2015
The Maya Angelou stamp released by “The U.S. Postal Service was made aware of the error earlier this week” memorializing the iconic voice as poet, actor and writer has a stamp dedicated to her with a quote not of her words is to be released. Oops and more oops! As she said, “Still I Rise..”
Time Magazine reported, “The U.S. Postal Service said Wednesday it would not reissue a recently released Maya Angelou memorial stamp that prominently features a quote from another author.
USPS spokesman David Partenheimer told the New York Times that the quote — “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song” — was often cited by the late poet during interviews, but it was written by Joan Walsh Anglund in 1967. (Angelou never took credit for the quotation.)”
It is so clear that the overwhelming amount of content can lead fact checkers in the wrong direction. Search is an art once in the physical domain search was the work and artistry of library science. Now search is relegated to the Web. Now with Google and Bing anyone in a few keystrokes believes they can search despite the predictive nature that populates and aggregates information through recall for the user.
The sadness is that Ms. Angelou’s stamp is to have the words of someone else associated with her name and may in time be what she is remembered despite the millions of words she has contributed. Fact checkers deep dive to search and go beyond page one when necessary.
Despite the error it is important to buy Ms. Angelou’s stamp. Stamps that do not sell go into stamp purgatory and are not reprinted. It is important to keep our stamp heroes alive through circulation. This may sound weird to those who are web centric. The USPS continues to be important in the mail carry to your doorstep. Help support Maya Angelou as a Sustainable Voice.
Maya Angelou was an American author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list … More Wikipedia