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  1. In your article, you wrote,

    "For questions of real-world identity and personal authoritativeness,
    Wikipedia relies on the rest of the world to supply the credentials."

    I think the dependency is even deeper than that: Wikipedia depends on
    "real-world", reliable books, newspapers, magazines, TV and radio
    stations for the authenticity of ANY of its claims.

    How real is the real world? And are Wikipedia and its users a part of
    it? Apparently not.

    Isn't it ironical to think that, if paper publications did not exist
    (imagine a world where they have all been replaced by blogs and web
    sites) then the authenticity of sources could not be safely decided
    anymore?

    Please do not misunderstand me. I agree that the PhilipRoth account
    could belong to someone other than Philip Roth himself. But aren't we
    being a little too naive in transfering the burden of authenticity
    verification to the New Yorker or to any other "real-world"
    publication?

    I grew up during the Cold War, in a Latin American dictatorship. I
    have learned not to trust "real-world" publications, especially those
    coming from the US.

    Comment by Sag Alles Ab — September 19, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

  2. Sag, Wikipedia necesita esas referencias al "mundo real", sobre todo al principio cuando casi nadie creia en que el proyecto fuese exitoso ni en la veracidad de las entradas
    Recorda que una de las primeras declaraciones fue que Wikipedia no tenia mas errores que la Enciclopedia Britanica

    Sag, Wikipedia needed those references to the "real world", more at the beggining when (almost) noone believes that the proyect were succeful nor in the veracity of the entries.
    Remember that one of the first claims was that Wikipedia has no more errors that the Enciclopedia Brittanica

    Comment by Klaus Consine — September 22, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

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