1019Re: [ANE-2] Re: Wikipedia
- Apr 5, 2006G.M. Grena wrote:
>(Anyway, the Declaration is not part of the law of the land.)
> > ANE2 is hardly the place to discuss the interpretation
> > of the Declaration of Independence of the United States.
> That's the nice thing about Wikipedia; if the content is bogusYou seem to be missing two points entirely.
> (the "hi-my-name-is-bob" example I cited yesterday), it can be easily
> changed & updated immediately; but the "caveat emptor" is, you (the
> researcher) have to act just as responsibly & double-check Wikipedia
> as you would do with any other source. Publication responsibility is
> a 2-way street.
> Isn't that what you university professors do? Don't you check
> material before you recommend it to students? The flip side of the
> coin is, Don't you also occasionally recommend a work that you know
> contains problems (when they're outweighed by other valuable data)?
(1) The naive reader has no way of knowing whether what appears in
wikipedia on any particular day is accurate or not. Mr. Cowie's vision
of every article spiraling ever upward in excellence is nothing but pipe
(2) What university professor -- or other knowledgeable person -- has
the time (setting aside the inclination!) to review every wikipedia
posting that might impinge on their area of specialization? What teacher
would be so foolish as to assign readings in wikipedia, knowing that the
content could be altered at any moment by anyone whatsoever?
Thirdly, you yourself exemplify another problem. You posted pictures of
an artifact you own, and you were told by an expert in exactly that sort
of artifact that it was, with extremely high probability, not genuine;
yet you continued to make protestations, and still adduced supposed
"parallels" that had no relevance to the artifact at all. This suggests
that expert testimony, whatever the topic, is not of interest to
laypersons if it contravenes their expectations. What's to stop you from
editing a wikipedia article on ancient sealings to include your
artifact, so as to enhance its prestige? (It probably hasn't occurred to
you that doing so might also enhance its monetary value, but that
certainly has occurred to unscrupulous antiquities dealers who have no
interest in antiquities other than their market value.)
Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...
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