Jerz: Writing for the Internet (EL 236)


25 Oct 2006

It's a Wild Wikipedia World: Seigenthaler; Goodin; Orlowski

Short articles about Wikipedia.

Siegenthaler: A false Wikipedia 'biography'

Goodin: Nature: Wikipedia is Accurate

Orlowsky: Nature mag cooked Wikipedia Study)

An item that appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education in June:

Speaking at a conference at the University of Pennsylvania on Friday called “The Hyperlinked Society,” Mr. Wales said that he gets about 10 e-mail messages a week from students who complain that Wikipedia has gotten them into academic hot water. “They say, ‘Please help me. I got an F on my paper because I cited Wikipedia’” and the information turned out to be wrong, he says. But he said he has no sympathy for their plight, noting that he thinks to himself: “For God sake, you’re in college; don’t cite the encyclopedia.”

See also Wikipedia's own entries about the Siegenthaler biography controversy.

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After reading the short articles I have come to the decision that several people see Wilkpedia differently.
As a reference guide it is not always the best bet due to inaccuracies. For information that needs a definition in which the user has prior knowledge about seems to be a bad idea to use the online encyclopedia.
To write a paper and recite from the online informational source,come on I agree that we are in college not high school.
I have not been able to utilize the source yet and probably never will after reading this.
That is sort of like believing that everything you see and hear on the television is true.

Posted by: jeremy barrick at October 24, 2006 12:26 AM
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