Can Wikipedia Conquer Expertise?

Wikipedia has become the 17th most popular website on the internet and has basically replaced the need for an encyclopedia.  The article, “Know it All” in the New Yorker discusses how it is transforming the internet and the ability to retrieve information.  It goes on to discuss how Wikipedia has no physical limits like any Britannica type encyclopedia and that the possibilities are endless. “The how-to entries represent territory that the encyclopedia has not claimed since the eighteenth century” Wikipedia is able to address specific problems, recipes, and give information on almost any topic imaginable.  Wikipedia also acts a filter for google searches and sorts through necessary and unnecessary information, however it pays back by offering related sites to go to in order to find more information on the topic.  The creator of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, says that he is on a mission to “distribute a free encyclopedia to every single person on the planet in their own language,” and to an astonishing degree he is succeeding.  They also address the fact that sometimes Wikipedia may not be entirely accurate but it is basically as close as you will get, the media and and other encyclopedias are often wrong, but Wikipedia is an internet platform where information can be edited and sent out again instantaneously.  This was a very interesting article that I suggest everyone read!

http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2006/07/31/060731fa_fact

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March 22, 2010. Uncategorized.

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