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The Rastafarians vs. The Wikipedia Jews

The Edge has a really great piece on the collectivism that is Wikipedia. And the guy who wrote it?


Accuracy in a text is not enough. A desirable text is more than a collection of accurate references. It is also an expression of personality.

For instance, most of the technical or scientific information that is in the Wikipedia was already on the Web before the Wikipedia was started. You could always use Google or other search services to find information about items that are now wikified. In some cases I have noticed specific texts get cloned from original sites at universities or labs onto wiki pages. And when that happens, each text loses part of its value. Since search engines are now more likely to point you to the wikified versions, the Web has lost some of its flavor in casual use.

This actually dovetails well with the (now resurected debate on artists and their work that Ace brought up wrt the Mel Gibson anti-semitism remarks).

I’m just happy that I’m gonna see the Rastafarian v Joooo Celebrity Death Match. That makes it all worthwhile.


August 28, 2006 - Posted by | Philosophy of the Commons


  1. You are an idiot.

    Comment by Benjamin Pedersen | September 18, 2006 | Reply

  2. You may be right. But then, I’m not the one reading an idiot, am I?

    Comment by John | September 18, 2006 | Reply

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