Sunday, August 19, 2007

Seeing Corporate Fingerprints in Wikipedia Edits

Seeing Corporate Fingerprints in Wikipedia Edits

This article is interesting because it points out one of the main flaws of Wikipedia which is the inability to constantly maintain informational credibility as well as the ability to input false information. The idea of the WikiScanner is tremendously interesting. I'm open to the possibility though that this is a media related one. Errors and occur in printed materials that are assumed to go through a rigorous editorial process but mistakes are able to be made to the same extent here as well. I.e. did Jack Kerouac really write On the Road in the three straight weeks fueled by only coffee on a single sheet of paper. One writer says he did and one writer says he did not, see last post. How does this editing of Wikipedia play into censorship and marketing propaganda? I'm glad to see that Wikipedia does not support this and will reject changes because of a lack of objectivity. (pg. 2)
Does Wikipedia force people to further examine the subject they are interested in to produce a cross-section of information to correctly fact check or does it engender laziness in looking for information because it seems to be comprehensive?

From Salzburg, a Mozart-a-thon

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