Jimmy Wales must be chortling into his cheerios when he sees how his baby called Wikipedia has influenced so many areas of life, both online and offline. Despite the fact that Wikipedia seems to be on a never-ending begging quest for donations, it is still the number one dominant site when it comes to reference articles, winning pub quizzes, cheating at homework assignments and assassinating 244 year old print encyclopedias. Now it seems to be on a murderous rampage through libraries, books in general and smaller reference webpages. When will the Wikipedia juggernaut end? And how many casualties will it have ended up claiming? Watch that blood on the floor.
I have never hidden my disdain for Wikipedia in the past – in my opinion, it has a high potential for containing errors which are then accepted as solid facts by people reading the articles. It doesn’t have the same level of professional fact checking as the Encyclopedia Britannica, which is why I find the news of the EB’s print edition going out of business very disheartening. People make a very bad habit of quoting from Wikipedia in dissertations and assignments, only to find out when it’s too late to change it that the quote is wrong because a pimply teenager in his bedroom decided it would be funny to change it to something else. Wikipedia should be the start of your research, not the end of it.
Let us know what you think of the infographic below and of Wikipedia in general. Can it be relied upon to deliver highly accurate facts or can it be trusted as far as Jimmy Wales can be thrown by a baby midget? Do you use Wikipedia to cheat at homework and assignments? Spill your guts in the comments.
Infographic Source: Open-Site.org