Sunday, September 20, 2009

Three cheers for Awadewit

Awadewit, Wikipedia's tireless contributor who brought two dozen highbrow articles to featured article status, has joined the South Park featured topic drive.

Let's see how much the reading public appreciates her work is, shall we?

Grok traffic stats:
Mary Wollstonecraft: viewed 14,630 times in August 2009
Cartman Gets an Anal Probe: viewed 15,507 times in August 2009

Finally, a member of the academic community who understands what's really important.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Who writes history?

Regarding Joe Wilson's "You lie!" statement during President Obama's speech, and the New York Times musings on the Wikipedia debate that followed.
"If journalism is the first draft of history, what is a Wikipedia entry when
it is updated within minutes of an event to reflect changes in a person’s
biography?" - Keith Old, Wikipedia-en-i mailing list, 10 September 2009
Time to revise the old saying.
History is written by the victors.
History is written by the experts.
History is written by the teenagers and unemployed.
At least the second draft of history gets written that way--the one that sits on top of the Google search returns.