[WikiEN-l] NY Times Magazine on Wikipedia
jossifresco at mac.com
Thu Jul 12 02:54:15 UTC 2007
Article's ending note ...
"Wikipedia may not exactly be a font of truth, but it does go against
the current of what has happened to the notion of truth. The easy
global dissemination of, well, everything has generated a D.I.Y.
culture of proud subjectivity, a culture that has spread even to
relatively traditional forms like television — as in the ascent of
advocates like Lou Dobbs or Bill O’Reilly, whose appeal lies
precisely in their subjectivity even as they name-check “neutrality”
to cover all sorts of journalistic sins. But the Wikipedians, most of
them born in the information age, have tasked themselves with weeding
that subjectivity not just out of one another’s discourse but also
out of their own. They may not be able to do any actual reporting
from their bedrooms or dorm rooms or hotel rooms, but they can police
bias, and they do it with a passion that’s no less impressive for its
occasional excess of piety. Who taught them this? It’s a mystery; but
they are teaching it to one another."
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