March 16, 2007

Circlesourcing at Wikipedia

Tim Melly makes an interesting point about Wikipedia. Since he was fairly meandering about it, I’ll recap it here in telegraphic form:


2 Responses to “Circlesourcing at Wikipedia”

  1. Jim R. Wilson (jimbojw) on March 16th, 2007 3:38 am

    It helps if the mainstream journalists fail to cite Wikipedia as their source – for if they do, the back reference would hopefully be called out by editors.

  2. Curt Monash on March 16th, 2007 5:37 am

    But that’s not the usual practice with reference works. If you trust the reference work, and you’re not copying at length, you just assume its “facts” are correct.

    The problem is that journalists aren’t always careful about going to unimpeachable sources, and this is compounded by the fact that they themselves may be viewed as authoritative despite their lack of — or lack of time for — due diligence.

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