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Wikipedia @ 20 by Joseph M. Jr Reagle

Wikipedia @ 20

Joseph M. Jr Reagle

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1 review

Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publication date: 5 Oct 2020
ISBN: 9780262538176

We have been looking things up in Wikipedia for twenty years. What began almost by accident--a wiki attached to an nascent online encyclopedia--has become the world's most popular reference work.

5 stars out of 5
Simon Ings
10 Jan 2021

"It's the 20th anniversary of Wikipedia, the flawed but good faith resource that now defends us from 'fake news' Trumpist oblivion"

This, I think, is what sticks in the craw of so many educated ­naysayers: that while academics were busy paying each other for the eccentricity of their beautiful ­opinions, nerds were out in the world winning the culture wars; that nerds stand ready on the ­virtual parapet to defend us from truthy, Trumpist oblivion; that nerds actually kept the promise held out by the internet, and turned it into the fifth biggest site on the web. Wikipedia’s guidelines to its editors include “Assume Good Faith” and “Please Do Not Bite the Newcomers.” Perhaps this is more than the naughty world deserves.

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