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Re: [ARSCLIST] Whacky-Packia outed for what it is -- Amateur Hour in Siberia
Steven Levy is typical of today's idiotic journalism and the state of education
in general. Bravo for Keen! And my opinions on Wackypackia are well known to
this group and haven't changed (nor has Wickywackypedera).
Tom Fine wrote:
although that might be too much of an insult to Siberian amateurs!
of particular note:
"So imagine Keen's delight in learning about an adjustment to last
summer's New Yorker article about Wikipedia. The article's author
prominently cited a person identified as "Essjay," described as "a
tenured professor of religion ... who holds a Phd in theology and a
degree in canon law." Essjay had contributed to more than 16,000
Wikipedia entries, and often invoked his credentials to argue for
changes in various articles. But as The New Yorker abashedly informed
its readers some months after the story appeared, Essjay was not a
religion professor but a 24-year-old college dropout. What's more,
Wikipedia's cofounder Jimmy Wales said, "I don't really have a problem
with it." (Wales subsequently recognized that fraudulent
misrepresentation is not a great idea, and removed Essjay from his
position of trust at Wikipedia.)"
I thought that New Yorker article was far too sympathetic to the "army
of typing monkeys".
Hey, call it arrogant or elitist or whatever, but REAL knowledge is not
something that just flows off the top of your head. People who are
really expert in any field ARE elite and are so because they have
invested great amounts of time and effort into becoming expert. Just
because "anyone can publish" or "anyone can be a star" in today's
idiotic Internet universe doesn't mean most of that material has any
validity or is anything more than media pollution. This "everyone should
express themselves" culture creates a haze of noise that masks real
facts and real knowledge and is destroying the notion of truth in our
society. The erosion of civility and functionality that follows the
eroision of truth and facts is obvious and on-going.
One man's opinion, etc. I think Steve Levy's conclusions are too
optimistic, BTW, and lean more toward Keen's thinking. Posted on this
forum because I believe one of the great services of proper archiving is
storing and preserving factual knowledge and cultural touchstones.
-- Tom Fine