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17 January 2011 @ 09:11 pm
Oh young people ...  
I caught a news snippet while rushing to get dressed this morning. It was on the 10th anniversary of Wikipedia, and the journalist was interviewing a schoolboy who looked about 17. He told her that he used Wikipedia regularly and found it to be a good source. When the journalist asked him about the varying credibility and skill of Wikipedia contributors, he stared in wide-eyed horror.

After a moment, he replied, 'Well, I've only just found out about that. I thought that there was a central place it all came from where everything was checked! This is big news. I am going to have to think about this at length!'

Twelve hours later, I have nearly stopped giggling.
 
 
 
Azure Jane Lunatic: eyesporkazurelunatic on January 17th, 2011 10:33 am (UTC)
Eeeeeheeeheeee heee oh bless.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 17th, 2011 02:12 pm (UTC)
At least he's found out before he went to university ;-)
mrsquizzical: bandom fob patrick confusedmrsquizzical on January 17th, 2011 10:43 am (UTC)
ha! poor pet! his world just fell apart. he doesn't even know what to believe any more!
Meredythmeredyth_13 on January 17th, 2011 11:23 am (UTC)
You can believe everything on the internet, just don't believe a word those pesky reporters tell you!

hehehe
(no subject) - mrsquizzical on January 17th, 2011 12:15 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - blamebrampton on January 17th, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - blamebrampton on January 17th, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Keeper of the Superfluous Es!: Phonebox/Hermettethemostepotente on January 17th, 2011 10:52 am (UTC)
Ahahahaha! Big news! *snorfles*8
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 17th, 2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
I have spent all day delighted at the giggling fit his teachers will have at this discovery.
(no subject) - themostepotente on January 17th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Kieranfilmatleven on January 17th, 2011 11:04 am (UTC)
I would say I'm surprised but I'm not. I used to edit university articles and thesis papers that would cite Wiki. I wish I were kidding.
Randydrgaellon on January 17th, 2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
Our University academic code forbids Wikipedia as a source. (Hasn't stopped me from using it for the basics, though.)
(no subject) - blamebrampton on January 17th, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - filmatleven on January 17th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - blamebrampton on January 17th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - filmatleven on January 17th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - winterthunder on January 17th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - filmatleven on January 17th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC) (Expand)
knic26knic26 on January 17th, 2011 11:09 am (UTC)
Oh dear...

I used to tell my students that they could *start* with wiki, but just as a place to find basic info and branch out from there. If I ever had someone that sited wiki, I wouldn't accept the work.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 17th, 2011 02:28 pm (UTC)
I imagine his teachers have had that same conversation, but he's just assumed they were big meanies ;-)
la_marianela_mariane on January 17th, 2011 11:11 am (UTC)
The upside of this situation is that teachers will never lack for work :D
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 17th, 2011 02:28 pm (UTC)
Nor editors ;-)
Meredythmeredyth_13 on January 17th, 2011 11:20 am (UTC)
ROFLMAO

*headdesk*

ROFLMAO

*headdesk*


... you get the picture. :D
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 17th, 2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
Terrifyingly, Australia has one of the better-rated education systems in the Western world ...
Shari: LOLoncelikeshari on January 17th, 2011 12:10 pm (UTC)
He's run to his friends to tell them that a manifold isn't a bloke who does origami! *LOL*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 17th, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
Bwahahaahahahahaha!
Susanlil_shepherd on January 17th, 2011 12:15 pm (UTC)
[This [child] needs additional citations for verification.]

Randydrgaellon on January 17th, 2011 12:48 pm (UTC)
Ha! Well played!
(no subject) - blamebrampton on January 17th, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Randydrgaellon on January 17th, 2011 12:47 pm (UTC)
The funniest part (which clearly comes across in your narration) is the wide-eyed incredulity.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 17th, 2011 02:40 pm (UTC)
I did feel a bit sorry for him, it was clearly quite the shock!
sassy_cissa: gaspsassy_cissa on January 17th, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC)
WHA??????

Wikipedia isn't a reliable source?? Oh tell me it's not true???

lolololol

Have to love the young...and worry for the future.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 17th, 2011 02:51 pm (UTC)
I had a journo who pointed out a Wiki page stating that Egyptian women painted their breasts with liquid gold to prove that she was right and I was wrong. I took it graciously from her, and then reminded her that gold melts at nearly 1000 degrees Celcius. She took the sheet of paper back, tore it up and tossed it in the recycling, declaring, 'Let us never speak of this again.'
(no subject) - sassy_cissa on January 17th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC) (Expand)
dylansbuzz: I see nussink Eduardodylansbuzz on January 17th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
It all spits out of a biiig computer somewhere and the information is 1000% correct with impeccable sources. :D

His reaction is awesome!
Jaeenchanted_jae on January 17th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
*face palms on behalf of humanity*
embolinaozembolinaoz on January 17th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)

Well at least he's thinking now! :)

Nennenenne on January 17th, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC)
I think such ignorance is a tiny bit adorable. To be so young and naive. :)