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Reviewing Wikipedia: The Free Online Encyclopedia

Hey guys! Today we are going to review Wikipedia; the free online encyclopedia! I find that you can find whatever you want to know and more things that you don’t from this website. But there is a catch. Anyone, and I mean absolutely Anyone can edit wiki pages to say anything. Meaning you could be getting unreliable information. Sometimes it’s obvious like finding an article on chickens that says “Chickens have 16 hearts.” Chickens obviously do not have that many hearts.

I once found an article stating that the grand canyon was formed by grape jelly. I had a teacher in high school who found an article on John F. Kennedy saying “JFK was fat and gay.” I’m sure that isn’t true. But I am no expert on the subject. However I am sure whomever wrote that isn’t either. For the reason of this story you weren’t allowed to use Wikipedia as a source for reports and such in his class.

I disagree with it, other teachers usually just advised you to not source wikipedia. That I believe is ok. But you should be able to source it. Especially if you can find identical information on a more concrete source. That is all I have to say on that matter. Is it reliable? I wouldn’t diagnose myself with information I find on the internet regardless. But If you are doing a report for school, say on the brain. I think it’s fine.

Well that’s about all the time I have for this review. I give Wikipedia 3 I don’t know’s out of 5. For being able to serve people information, but it may be correct, or not.

Let me know what to review next in the comments and I will see all of you in the next blog post. Bye guys! See ya on another day! 🙂 Before I forget you can access wikipedia here.

One thought on “Reviewing Wikipedia: The Free Online Encyclopedia”

  1. I’m not sure why but Wikipedia used to be a topic of a lot of jokes about misinformation and information that was just plain wrong. However I think the person who came up with the idea of Wikipedia is a visionary. Quite frankly for all of the jokes about this information resource, a lot of people refer to it when doing research. It’s just like referring to a hardcover encyclopedia. Of course there is a possibility that some of the information supplied at the site might be erroneous. But that can also be said of anything that’s written by human beings whether in digital format or pen and ink or published via a printing press.

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