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Your Favorite Website?

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Re: Your Favorite Website?
« Reply #30 on: June 29, 2005, 07:10:11 PM »
I think the folks at Wikipedia place WAY too much faith in the free market.  Maybe it's a great basic principle on which to build an ecomonic model, but I don't think it's very smart to allow any Joe or Mary Six-Pack who has a keyboard and a dial-up connection to edit the content of what is (ostensibly, at least) an educational and informational resource used to aid one's research.  The free market might select for the most profitable or the most popular product, but it doesn't always select for the BEST product, the product with the highest quality, most merit, etc.  See, for example, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, most boy bands, most reality shows, etc.  :P

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Re: Your Favorite Website?
« Reply #31 on: June 29, 2005, 07:11:44 PM »
I think its a good place to get a start on info on something.  I don't think its a good place to do a research for an academic paper.

They usually have some great links and starting info though.  And they'll have articles that encarta, et al., doesn't have.

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Re: Your Favorite Website?
« Reply #32 on: June 29, 2005, 07:21:33 PM »
Yeah, but I have no idea who wrote those articles, or what kind of credentials they have (if any).  I think whenever one uses the Internet as a resource, one must be critical, and always try to verify the veracity of the information you're getting (you should do that with library research, too, by the way.  Yes, there's a hell of a lot of crap on the Web, but there's also crap in the library, and you have to be careful to know it when you encounter it.  Just because it's published doesn't mean it's authoritative).  I guess I agree with the starting point perspective.  My only plea to anyone using it is "Please, for the love of Christ, BE CAREFUL!"  There are plenty of people that rely on the first things that pop up on an Internet search as if it's incontrovertible (even in research papers).  In reality the democratized nature of the Internet has made Internet research a lot more complicated and difficult than many realize; literally anyone can put anything up on the Internet, and there is absolutely no refereeing or other kind of review process. 

Typically, when I'm using Google, and something from Wikipedia comes up, I pass it on by in favor of hits from sources I might want to give more weight to (like professional organizations, the federal government [though these days, it's hard to tell; anyone else hear of the websites at HHS altered to exclude references to condoms as safe and effective contraception?  And what about the EPA scientists reports that had whole paragraphs about global warming and climate change snipped out of them by a former energy company lawyer with absolutely no scientific training?  Geez!], archive and library sites, universities and well-established research institutes, etc.).

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Re: Your Favorite Website?
« Reply #33 on: June 29, 2005, 09:06:40 PM »
I enjoy browsing Wikipedia too. For entertainment, if nothing else.

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Re: Your Favorite Website?
« Reply #34 on: June 29, 2005, 09:11:20 PM »
Thats a lot of it for me too.  You can find the most interesting things sometimes...

I like you, ningirl. :-*

I enjoy browsing Wikipedia too. For entertainment, if nothing else.

sarmstrong806

Re: Your Favorite Website?
« Reply #35 on: June 29, 2005, 09:13:52 PM »
I read collegehumor.com daily but it is not my favorite.
I love ebaumsworld.com because it has the funniest videos ever.

Re: Your Favorite Website?
« Reply #36 on: June 29, 2005, 09:19:02 PM »
Wikipedia is for sure an interesting site....
I also like espn.com

sarmstrong806

Re: Your Favorite Website?
« Reply #37 on: June 29, 2005, 09:23:58 PM »
I just looked up something on wikipedia, you guys are right, it is badass. My brother has been telling me to get on there for a while now.

NathanB

Re: Your Favorite Website?
« Reply #38 on: June 29, 2005, 09:25:16 PM »
If you like wikipedia, go to wikimedia.com - that's like the "portal" sight to the all the other wiki stuff - there are some of them that are pretty cool, though the pedia is the best.

Nate

I just looked up something on wikipedia, you guys are right, it is badass. My brother has been telling me to get on there for a while now.

Harrahs

Re: Your Favorite Website?
« Reply #39 on: June 29, 2005, 09:38:48 PM »
about the debauchery thing.  sounds good, but what's the catch?

casino

so easy to make you happy ::)

www.debauchery.com

oooh there's a GAY section :D yay!!!