Saturday, June 17, 2006

Another Wikipedia Article

This one's more insightful than the last rant I linked to.

Freezing knowledge at a single moment is valuable to historians, certainly, but it is rarely good in most fields. A printed book with an inaccuracy is a source of false information “forever” — a wiki entry can be fixed in a split second. Facts that change are left out of print, but readily accurate on Wikipedia. Quick, send your students to the book shelves to look up the status of the Republic of Crna Gora. Will they come back with the right information?

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