You know how like, Wikipedia is like, really bad …

My ... what a long nose !

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Wikipedia has not always had the best of reps amongst academics … and that is probably putting it mildly ! The reasons are many and varied. I just searched for “why do academics hate Wikipedia ?” and got reasons including:

  • “coz it iz smarter than they iz !” (obviously written by a future Nobel Laureate for Literature)
  • detailed and well thought out discussions on it being a tertiary source, susceptable to innacuracy
  • suggestions that it is not as easy to control and restrict to officially sanctioned thoughts and opinions

It was interesting to note, mind you, that most of the anti-Wikipedia commentary was getting rather long in the tooth.  Maybe it is safe to say that actually Wikipedia isn’t as disliked now as it used to be ?

So … to aid the thawing process a little more, please allow me to bring to your attention the Wikipedia Education Programme.  It caught my eye as something potentially interesting as I was reading the first part of this post by Alan Levine.  He talks about work done by a Canadian Academic called Tina Loo, who worked with her students and got involved researching, writing and editing Wikipedia articles as part of their assessment.

I rather like that.  What do you think ?

One Comment

  1. More academics engaging with Wikipedia mentioned here:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-12809944

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