[Wikipedia-l] The Economist speaks approvingly of Wikipedia in passing

Delirium delirium at hackish.org
Tue Apr 26 06:51:49 UTC 2005

Something people might find interesting,

This week's (April 23) _Economist_ has a brief half paragraph on 
Wikipedia, mentioning it in passing as part of a discussion of the rise 
of non-traditional media online ("Yesterday's papers", pg. 59).  It's 
perhaps most notable in the way it takes "Wikipedia works" as plain 
fact: a perhaps surprising but still well-established enough fact to be 
just mentioned in passing as evidence for an argument.

"Blogs, moreover, are but one item on a growing list of new media tools 
that the internet makes available.  Wikis are collaborative web pages 
that allow readers to edit and contribute.  This, to digital immigrants, 
may sound like a recipe for anarchic chaos, until they visit, for 
instance, wikipedia.org, an online encyclopaedia that is growing 
dramatically richer by the day through exactly this spontaneous (and 
surprisingly orderly) collaboration among strangers."


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