If a Columnist Calls a Tail a Leg...

Mike Caulfield, Weblog, May 08, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The funniest thing about the recent critics of all things web, wiki and amateur is that these pundits suppose that we are not willing or not able to see the mistakes and errors - deliberate or otherwise - that permeate our authority-driven information sphere. Because I am picky and critical and analytical when I read, I see these errors all the time, every day, which is why it is for me with a continual sense of astonishment that I see people defer to opinions that are 'well informed' or 'published' or 'authoritative'. Will web scholars of the future 'know truth when they see it?" "The answer, from any web literate scholar, is if you make it easy for me to check it, maybe I will know it when I see it. The web does that in spades, which allows us, ironically, to repair the errors that the Washington Post generates."
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