Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Good And Bad About Wikipedia

I'm sure many of you guys (and girls) have used Wikipedia before. For the ones who have never heard of it before, here's a small explanation of what Wikipedia is. Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia about almost anything. From countries to movies to books and even to art. But, there's a catch. The information is not always accurate. That's because people can just log in and change the information to anything they want. Usually, they are generous enough to give the correct facts but there are a few who purposely mess it up for everyone.

The History and Founders of Wikipedia

Wikipedia was originally based off the idea of Nupedia, another online encyclopedia. They were both created by Larry Sanger and Jimmy Wales. Nupedia was founded on March 9, 2000 under the name of a company called Bomis, Inc. Jimmy Wales was the Bomis CEO while Larry was the editor-in-chief. Jimmy was in charge of designing the encyclopedia while Larry used a wiki to search up the results. In conclusion, Wikipedia was launched officially on January 15, 2001.

Wikipedia: The Good Uses
On Wikipedia, there are articles about almost anything. You can look up different movies, books, countries, and even some schools. It can give you the info you need for your report or something. Wikipedia is open to everyone so a scientific article can be written by a real life scientist.The Inaccuracy of InformationSometimes, this online dictionary can give false information on subjects. Since anyone can just sign up and post words onto subjects, it's pretty easy to discover that the information you found is fake. Some articles are also really short. It gives the really main point that you know. Usually, I wouldn't use Wikipedia as a source for a major assignment, such as a report on a certain topic because, like I said above, anyone can just post false information on the page about my topic.

Differences Between Britannica Online Encyclopedia and Wikipedia
The Britannica is somehow more organized than Wikipedia. It gives categories to choose from where as Wikipedia just has a search box. They list their blog and stuff along with a small search box. But, the Britannica only has articles about certain subjects. They don't have information about movies, people, and shows. Wikipedia has all that since real people are contributing to it.

Source: Wikipedia
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