[WikiEN-l] The Charms of Wikipedia - New York Review of Books

Keith Old keithold at gmail.com
Fri Feb 29 03:12:28 UTC 2008


The New York Review of Books has written a review of Wikipedia:The Missing
Manual which is well worth a read.


"Wikipedia is just an incredible thing. It's fact-encirclingly huge, and
it's idiosyncratic, careful, messy, funny, shocking, and full of simmering
controversies—and it's free, and it's fast. In a few seconds you can look
up, for instance, "Diogenes of Sinope," or "turnip," or "Crazy Eddie," or
"Bagoas," or "quadratic formula," or "Bristol Beaufighter," or "squeegee,"
or "Sanford B. Dole," and you'll have knowledge you didn't have before. It's
like some vast aerial city with people walking briskly to and fro on
catwalks, carrying picnic baskets full of nutritious snacks."

More in article.


*Keith Old*

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