Wikipedia & How it Reflects Our Changing Culture

Subject/Object :: Steven Chabot :: Wikipedia: Dissent as part of the truth.

I hadn’t really given Wikipedia much thought. I like it. I often use it to learn about different topics – especially non-academic type topics. I have found it useful and helpful. In a post on the Subject/Object blog, Steven Chabot has an interesting take on Wikpedia and its importance that really intrigues me. Steven writes “the collaborative nature of Wikipedia illustrates how ideas work in the real world. Most topics, especially as you move away from the purely abstract to the purely concrete, don’t exist in a state of total one-sided consensus.” I really like the point that Wikipedia is in essence a window into the way that ideas and information flow and how we come to define the “truth” about a topic.

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