Wikipedia closing on Britannica?
Despite the recent flap over the WAY that Wikipedia has evolved, in addition thousands of other sources, the peer-reviewed journal Nature reports that Jimmy Wales’ Wikipedia comes close to Britannica in terms of the accuracy of its science entries. Personally, and especially given the unprecedented way that this happened, I think it is SCIENTIFICALLY ESSENTIAL to allow the experiment to continue, unhampered by central editorial control. Whatever is happening at Wikipedia is far too important to stifle with our tried and (not always) true methods. If the traditional publishing industry forces this unlikely new creation back into its own old mold, it will be the extermination of a newly emerging literary species and a crime against Information’s Nature of the highest order. For all its flaws, Wikipedia is the most interesting manifestation of the wiki idea, in general. There is yet far too much to learn from it to simply close it down because it make some feel uncomfortable. There, I said it.