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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
mrsquizzical: driving lessons rupert*huh?*mrsquizzical on January 17th, 2011 12:15 pm (UTC)
hee!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 17th, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC)
*Snort*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 17th, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC)
Although, suddenly, the fact that Jeff Goldblum appears to never actually die despite frequent reports of same makes a lot more sense!
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.
Keeper of the Superfluous Es!: Draco/Ponytail/Charlotteschaosthemostepotente on January 17th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
*snatches away that superfluous 8*
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.)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 17th, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
If you already know the answer, it can be all right as an aide memoire, and some pages link to good sites and are well resourced, but you need to know enough about a topic before you go there to know whether or not you are going somewhere useful or not. There should be a test to determine who can and can't be trusted to read Wiki (as well as edit it ;-)).
Kieranfilmatleven on January 17th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah I don't know if this Uni has or not, but I know if I were a professor I'd state it in the syllabus that anyone citing Wiki automatically fails.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 17th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
If they were on media studies, sociology, or open source networks, maybe ... but otherwise, ARGH!
Kieranfilmatleven on January 17th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
They weren't =D hahahahaha.

I love our shared outrage.
Amazing Little Ecosystemwinterthunder on January 17th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
Definitely seen that one. It's amazing, and really sad when you consider that 95% of the time, you can look up Wikipedia's citations and go straight to a legitimate source.
Kieranfilmatleven on January 17th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
THIS. I would hand them back and tell them I'd read it when they followed/used/cited the proper sources at the bottom of Wiki. It's amazing how many of them DON'T REALISE that they're there.
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 ...
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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!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 17th, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC)
I knew I should have hit record ...
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.'
sassy_cissasassy_cissa on January 17th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
*winces at the mere thought*

That would certainly be beauty at any cost!

Yipes. *shakes head*
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. :)
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(Anonymous) on January 18th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
Well while a lot of people are chortling and sniggering here I think you need to think about this. It really depends on what you are researching. For example I had to do a uni assignment on the on-line response to the release of Halo 3. It was required that I use the Halo 3 wiki and the online comments from wikipedia to justify my comments about the online response. So I had to use wikipediea and comment on it.

There are also many other wiki's that are not wikipedeia that are set up for companies and for particular programs, events, situation etc where the information that they use is more up to date than books are because they change so often and where the wiki is more useful as a source than anything else.

So while I agree that wikipedia should not be used as a sole source and should not be used all the time there is a time and a place for it and sometimes wikipedia is the best place for information. It depends on what you are researching.
tinofbeanstinofbeans on January 18th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
Sorry that was not meant to be anonymous.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 18th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
Oops! Replied to your accidental anon ...

blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 18th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
You make a good point that there are some things Wiki does do well. Their popular culture pages are at once the most likely to be up to date and comprehensive and the most likely to contain hoax information or be opinionated, though. If it is used as a first point of information gathering, it can be great, but if people stop there, we end up with the regularly dead Jeff Goldblum syndrome.

Other Wikis that are not run from Wikipedia are a different beast and there are several quite good ones, I agree with you there.
Cerisewivern on January 18th, 2011 07:43 am (UTC)
We're doomed! *g*