Wikipedia? It’ll never work

There have been a few articles on The Register recently, talking about Wikipedia. Basically, the argument boils down to this: Wikipedia “fanboys” (did you appreciate the irony of me linking to a Wikipedia article?) argue that Wikipedia is a good thing, because anyone on the internet can edit an entry, and make it better.

Wikipedia detractors think that it’s bad for the same reason, just that the internet is full of people for which anonymity gives them license to do anything in the name of being annoying. A lot of experts have become disenchanted with Wikipedia simply because although they know what they’re talking about, when they make an entry there it just gets edited by a bunch of people who don’t know what they’re talking about. It gets completely watered down.

And for an artist like Aphex Twin (who is apparently known to be a compulsive liar in interviews), it is difficult to keep the page clean from fans of his who believe absolutely everything he says in interviews 😉

Anyway, I’d find the original articles, but I can’t be bothered. There’s dedicated for you!


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