Wikipedia 3-millionth…

article in English, and about 13 million in total.

David Davis

Libertarians ought to be awfully-pleased about the availability of resources like Wikipedia – not only that, but the philosophy behind it.

There are a few things I have looked for there that have not been logged up by some madman, but not many. You have to try hard to outsmart it. You can even find rather-obscure German WW1- fighting ships, like Roon, for instance, which is an almost-unknown andactually quite interesting boat….

Will this object become the largest single document or library in Man’s history? (I don’t count Google, as it’s not really a unitary URL.)

Here, I want to discuss an issue that has been bugging me for some time. In the British Soviet State Brainwashing education system, most teachers I have come across badmouth and slate Wikipedia, and discourage their pupils from using it – even in some cases to thee xtent of disallowing refs and info quoted from there, in projects. their case rests on:-

“It is bound to be inaccurate and biased, because anyone can edit it”.

Now to me as a libertarian, I think that when something like Wikipedia attains a sort of critical mass (it has now done) then the tendency for erroneous or misleading info to stay up for long diminishes. The more people that know stuff thet are “on”, the more likely it is that errors of any kind will be corrected fast.

Fred Bloggs and I humorously placed a satirical cartoon about the EU on its page, a few weeks ago – and it was removed in six (6) minutes.

I don’t know: what do you people out there think?

4 responses to “Wikipedia 3-millionth…

  1. Steven Northwood

    The thing with Wikipedia is, you can’t really quote from the actual text, but the references are usually sound so you can use them. It’s very good in the sense that you can read the actual article and gain either new or further perspective on the subject, then the references can be used afterwards. What it lacks in solid foundation it more than makes up for in terms of freedom of information. You can type almost anything into Wikipedia and get a result.

  2. Teachers should be embracing Wikipedia. Not as an authoritative source, but as a very useful tool.

    Then again, teaching has ceased to become about giving people the tools to learn for themselves for the rest of their life and is now simply an attempt to cram the latest opinions of the ruling class into children’s heads. (Teachers who still try to educate are considered to be failing by the inspectors, they’re usually the most loved by their pupils though – even when they’re strict and won’t let you mess around).

    Of course, those who believe in top down, authoritarian rule will loath Wikipedia since it is decentralised and bottom up.

    Wikipedia’s link with libertarianism is also stronger than mere accident – Larry Page was influenced by Hayek and his theories of knowledge:

  3. Couldn’t function without it.
    Covers all my pretensions to be intelligent with a knowledgeable gloss. A great asset. And I can even find out what happened to gems like Delia Derbyshire and other unrequited genii.

  4. Teachers like me used wiki as a simple tool to boost our memory with information that we needed to be able to share with our students.