Week 8 – Journal 2 Wikipedia

19 Oct

This week’s learning experience has been awesome.  I learned to edit and save information on Wikipedia!  I have always wondered how Wikipedia works and all this time I thought it was created by a group of intellectual people that have a bunch of knowledge to contribute.  I never thought an ordinary person like me can also contribute to the encyclopedia!  Having had an experience of contributing to Wikipedia I may want to contribute more articles or information in the future.  It’s nice to know that people are constantly looking for information and one day they will come across the information that you have provided.  This is a great way of knowledge sharing across the world wide web regardless where in the world you may be.

The good thing about Wikipedia is that anyone can contribute their knowledge to the content.  The advantage of this is that it helps to boost the writer’s self-esteem and writing skills.  There are also critics about its inconsistent and inaccurate information because anyone person can contribute the information anonymously.  Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of Wikipedia:

What is Wikipedia?  The history and some controversy surrounding Wikipedia http://what-is-what.com/what_is/wikipedia.html

What is Wikipedia and what is good for you?  http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig8/clark-d1.html

What is Wikipedia …. And how does it treat history?  http://hnn.us/articles/8837.html

Despite the disadvantages, I see Wikipedia as a good tool for information and knowledge sharing in the virtual world.

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