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Thread #86832   Message #1617683
Posted By: Bill D
30-Nov-05 - 09:07 PM
Thread Name: Wow! Read This About Wikipedia
Subject: RE: Wow! Read This About Wikipedia
I've read inaccurate textbooks, inaccurate newspaper articles, inaccurate Web sites, heard inaccurate radio & TV reports and been to classes and speeches where MUCH inaccurate and biased drivel was promulgated. Everyone must make SOME effort to learn the standards and rules by which information is sorted, judged and confirmed....and then be wary of certain types of results.

I suppose one virtue of WIKI-based articles is that they can be easily corrected, and once inaccurate information is noted, there can be many, many observers checking to see it doesn't happen again.

I think the jury is still out on how useful WIKI stuff will be in the long run, but it 'seems' to me that it is closer to a self-correcting information source than we have ever had. Look at old textbook and newspapers to see how the printed word can linger for decades.