Confession time for Gweneth Jones The Daring Librarian, and therefore we can now all be free, confess our sins and get on with stuff. Wikipedia – we have been fighting the good fight against it in our schools for years, but if we were all truly honest we would admit that we all use it for quick and dirty information. We use it with a skeptical eye … our students just use it! We really just need to teach them some critical literacy skills and then set them free. After all Information wants to be free doesn’t it?
We want information to be free, I for one don’t have the budget to pay for online encyclopedias and I encourage our students to use Epic. Wikipedia helpfully makes information free, and probably the majority of it’s information is fairly sound. It is true that it ain’t always right, and if someone out there has an example of an incorrect wikipedia posting I’d love to have the link to it (please) comment to share it. Here is an ugly link to some examples of articles in Wikipedia which are not right – but I want more please, everything I’ve found siting incorrect information on Wikipedia is dated between 2005 and 2008. There are plenty of examples of bias, but not many where people can site facts as being incorrect. They must be there. Anybody?
I’ve read the book The know it all, about A.J. Jacobs and his quest to read Encyclopedia Britannica from A – Z, and yes folks he found mistakes and errors, proving that even that hallowed tome is fallible.
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