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April 17, 2008

Wikipedia and Power over Ideas

An increasing number of people turn to Wikipedia for information on everything from apples to zebras, from asteroids to Zippo brand lighters. Some have warned that given the user driven content, there is a danger in incorrect or misleading information. Apparently that may be the lead of our worries since there are some who prowl the site seeking to control various entries and deny alternative -- even correcting -- voices. Lawrence Solomon writes an article telling of his recent adventures in, "Wikipedia's Zealots: The Thought Police at the Supposedly Independent Site Are Fervently Enforcing Climate Orthodoxy." Apparently even editors at Wikipedia are patrolling the site to silence dissenting voices. Something to think about.

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