By Thomas Leitch
Since its release in 2001, Wikipedia has been a lightning rod for debates approximately wisdom and standard authority. It has come less than specific scrutiny from publishers of print encyclopedias and faculty professors, who're skeptical approximately even if a crowd-sourced encyclopedia―in which so much entries are topic to almost certainly unending reviewing and enhancing through nameless collaborators whose credentials can't be established―can ever actually be exact or authoritative.
In Wikipedia U, Thomas Leitch argues that the assumptions those critics make approximately accuracy and authority are themselves open to discuss. in spite of everything, teachers are anticipated either to refer to the newest examine and to come to the earliest assets of their box, each one of which has its personal authority. And whilst lecturers inspire scholars to grasp info to be able to query it independently, their final aim is to create a brand new new release of thinkers and makers whose authority will finally supplant their own.
Wikipedia U bargains very important new classes concerning the nature of authority and the possibilities and demanding situations of net 2.0. Leitch regards Wikipedia as an excellent software for probing the primary assumptions at the back of liberal schooling, making it greater than in basic terms, as one in every of its severest critics has charged, "the encyclopedia video game, performed online."
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