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Wiki-Wiki-Waa!
I'm not sure if that is what Will Smith actually said as I've not seen the film, but today's "article to read" is on Wikis, pointed out by the ever-photogenic harrytc.

http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/lanier06/lanier06_index.html

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steer From: steer Date: July 13th, 2006 01:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never heard of the guy. He goes to great trouble to point out that the wikipedia article is bad because he's not a film maker because he hasn't made many films. Brittanica which he seems much keener on (perhaps wisely) doesn't have an article on him at all.
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agentinfinity From: agentinfinity Date: July 13th, 2006 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think people necessarily use Wikipedia because they are attracted by collective thought, but because its easy (and, as he points out, it always comes up on google now). I found this an interesting article. I've noticed that people put a lot of faith in wikipedia - on message boards it's used as the equivalent of personal knowledge, or a vital backup for any point. I guess the collective thing is what makes it attractive to the people who upkeep it though. I thought the point about being able to acredit a piece of work to a person was a good one, after all people come at things from different angles even in supposedly objective disciplines like science or history but on wikipedia you can't always spot that.

I've noticed myself (and others) always linking to a newspaper article for backup if we want to talk about current events. What's to say that article is valid? Nothing, but it feels more comfortable to have a link - like insurance. That's another subject, anyway.

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