Web of Ideas: The Authority of Wikipedia

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Earlier this week, Berkman Center fellow, author, and blogger David Weinberger hosted a discussion about “The Authority of Wikipedia” as part of his occasional Web of Ideas series. From David, “An article gains authority just by appearing in the Encyclopedia Britannica. Does it gain authority just by being in Wikipedia? What (if anything) makes a Wikipedia article worthy of belief? How are the sources, criteria and locus of authority changing in the age of the Web?”

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  1. Amorrow: You Are a Mosaic of Atoms

    October 28, 2008 @ 7:15 am

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    [...] I here restate my vision or marketing pitch (for the n’th iteration): we are each a mosaic of atoms with a mind. The Internet helps my spirit to move over the face of the deep and through space with minimum waste, maximum joy in a diamond life and without burning petroleum. Funny: SNL MySpace spoof for a bunch of Poetlisters. I am proud of the Wikipedia work I did in January 2006 as User:Pinktulip, fixing the errors identified by the Nature Peer Review. It only took about 40 days in total for fix them all, but I did many of the harder ones that others had left for know-it-alls like me. Well, at least Jimmy Wales had a positive reaction when I gave him the news that the work was complete. I still take David Weinberger to task for suggesting it was “almost all done” in 24 hours in the Q&A section at the end of his March 17, 2006 talk at Harvard: Web of Ideas: The Authority of Wikipedia. [...]

  2. Jim Sibley

    October 4, 2010 @ 2:53 pm

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    The “authority” of wikipedia has become much worse. Many searches on google, bing, yahoo, all lead back to wikipedia. If wikipedia has errors, the are magnified by all the references back to the orignal erroneous wikipedia error.

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