Wikipedia: Scary tool of the new Political Machine...

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    This story seems to only mention instances where Democrats bios have been changed or where Republican info was changed to "cover up" something but the potential here is very dangerous. Too many people think wikipedia is a REAL information tool. This can pose a very dangerous threat to history as it is known.

    http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/04/28/D8H95FG06.html

     
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    nice PA reference, lol.
     
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    Good point to bear in mind that Wikipedia is a collaborative effort. Unlike Encylopaedia Britannica which is a corporate effort. :teeth:

    As for history as it's known - come on, it's only a guess anyway. History is manipulated by all sides.
     
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    :laugh: I'm guessing TWO nucs were dropped on Japan, Ben invented the press, George lead the Continental Army, John Hancock signed the declaration, just a guess though. :cuckoo:
     
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    I knew the subtlety was too much.

    Oh well, I had high hopes.
     
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    That is not subtle. Maybe you didn't say what you meant to say, subtlety.
    On the other hand I think ya did.:) But yer wrong, really. History is not a guess, unless ya just want to believe a line from this one or that. :)
     
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    History is full of disputed claims, that was my point. The history we learn is coloured by many things. How it's recorded and presented is also coloured. Yes, it's true that Wikipedia is open to misuse but they seem to be able to notify the user when there are claims in dispute. We don't get that sort of openness with a proprietary form of information source, the latter has to present an image of certainty, of indisputable facts. Would you spend hundreds of dollars for an information source that admitted, "well we're not sure of this but .....".

    As for historical facts - Who invented the steam engine? That one always gets me.

    Oh and I see China is now claiming to have invented golf. :cuckoo: (just wanted a chance to use that smiley) ;)
     
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    I think we're on the same page, Diuretic.
    Here's a good example of "who invented the steam engine?".
    http://www.inc.com/magazine/20000915/20264.html
     
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    So far I have found Wikipedia to be the most valuable research site
    on the Internet, both for its articles and its links.

    I have read of fraudulent entries there, but have never seen one myself,
    although I have seen unsound editorializing, which one should be alert
    for in all writing, including the best.

    It saddens me to read of hacks who would pervert this great and beneficial
    tool of knowledge.

    They should be flogged.

    Not bad enough to really hurt them, but bad enough so they can’t sit down
    for a week or two.
     

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