The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #86832 Message #1626126
Posted By: GUEST
12-Dec-05 - 10:55 PM
Thread Name: Wow! Read This About Wikipedia
Subject: RE: Wow! Read This About Wikipedia
I don't agree with your assertion. People mistrust open source information, because they are so certain that "experts" must be in control of information, in order for it to be legitimate.
People for whom open source is a godsend will be the new information *managers* not owners or controllers of information. Therein lies the difference.
If you love the status quo, and don't like having your "the world is the way I perceive it to be" boat rocked, then you will never trust open sources. Or vote for anyone except Democrats and Republicans, except to vote Libertarian, perhaps.
It isn't the accuracy or legitimacy of the information for status quo types (which the majority of Mudcatters are), it's about not trusting the "anonymous"--also known as we the people.
Like Is aid, the whole thing is a tempest in a teapot. The guy lost his job, wiki corrected the information as soon as they got wind of the story. You can't be any more accountable than that, as the New York Times and Washington Post and Fox News and Dan Rather, et al keep proving reliably.
It's kinda like the whole Rodney King trial thing. The jury refused to find the cops guilty, even when presented with incontrovertible proof of their guilt: the video. Yet, the jury found the cops innocent of all charges, and a city burned.
Belief systems are a damn hard thing to crack. For those who grew up believing that certain types of information and knowledge is better if it comes from authoritarian sources, then no amount of proving them wrong will change their minds, as this thread proves.