September 15, 2005

Keeping the Wiki honest

Babalu Blog's George Moneo has a neat-o post regarding the Wikipedia's sometimes truthless entries. I admit, I use the Wikipedia, usually to find a date or name. At the same time, I think its structure allows for a sort of democratic (read: plebeian) bias to enter where only scholarship should tread. Thus it should be used with caution, lest your research be tainted with the aforementioned plebeian axe grinding.

George couldn't sit still for the commie propaganda he found in the Wikipedia's entry on the "healthcare" system in Cuba. For example:
Cuba's healthcare is widely recognized as one of the best in the world. Since the Cuban revolution, Cuba has been committed to the international struggle, sending medicine, doctors and teachers to the third world. Cuba has spent large sums of money in order to take care of the world's less fortunate. Today, Cuba has over 20 0000 health workers in Venezuela, 600 hundred in Honduras, 200 doctors in South Africa, and many more spread around the word.
So what does George do? He rewrites the entry, of course, in the spirit of the Wiki. If you ever use the Wikipedia for research, you should see George 's work.

I don't think there is any way to keep the Wiki honest, George, it is way too democratic for that. But keep trying!

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