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Wanna Wiki Woo-Woo?

November 03, 2004

The process of Wikipedia is different from traditional writing in that the text is more fluid and changeable. On Wikipedia anyone can come along and edit / alter what you have written. It becomes very easy for like-minded individuals to create a site that provides the most update and relevant information.

I definitely have a mixed response to the concept of wikipedia. While I like the idea of the information I need being right at my fingertips and that I would be able to expand on a subject in which I had a particular level of expertise, I have to admit that I am skeptical of the concept. Wikipedia is all fine and good if the administrators are up to the minute on resolving conflicts on information but the possibility is good of getting misleading information and then going back later only to find that information gone.

I doubt that wikipedia will ever serve as a reasonable source in any type of academic paper. People can write papers about wikipedia but not use the encyclopedia itself as a reference point. This further illustrates the disposable nature of information on the internet Ė this can be good in some respects but give me an old-fashioned book any day.

My emotional response tells me that I am an old-fashioned girl at heart. Give me a book anyday. Even when I do read text from the internet, I always print it out first because reading on a screen gives me a headache. People thought when the internet first came out that it would completely replace books. I sincerely hope this isnít the case! Iím all for saving the trees, I suppose, but I just canít bear the thought of not having a hard copy to back me up.

The page I created on Wikipedia:
Creative Writing
Feel free to edit it! That's the whole point! :c)

Moira at 09:26 AM :: Comments (4) :: ę :: Ľ
Comments:

You might be interested in these posts about Wikipedia: 1, 2.

Posted by: Matt at November 6, 2004 09:20 PM

Oops. I'm guessing HTML tags don't work in your comments. Here they are again:

http://volokh.com/archives/archive_2004_10_14.shtml#1098116070
http://volokh.com/archives/archive_2004_10_14.shtml#1098119066

Posted by: Matt at November 6, 2004 09:21 PM

Those are interesting! And they pretty much illustrate what I'm concerned about with Wikipedia: whoever is the most dilligent controls the information. I'm not sure I like that. Thanks for the links, Matt. :c)

Posted by: moira at November 7, 2004 10:37 AM

I wanna wiki woo-woo!

When I first heard about wikis, I thought it had something to do with Wicca (like the plural form or something). ***Just wanted you ta know***

Posted by: Evan at November 10, 2004 10:28 PM
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