Reliability of Wiki[edia

Reliability of Wiki[edia - Molly McMahon Professor...

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Molly McMahon McMahon 1 Professor Santamaria IT100-15HY 30 November 2008 Reliability of Wikipedia Wikipedia has been hailed as the most revolutionary aid to the spread of human knowledge since Gutenberg's printing press (Lih). In less than a decade it has become the most popular online encyclopedia. Type any word into the search engine and nine times out of ten, Wikipedia is the first result. “The on-line encyclopedia can be seen as the 21st century's success to gather the world's knowledge into one place” (O’Sullivan). The availability, quantity, and efficiency of the information provided through Wikipedia are absolutely incredible. As opposed to other web brands such as Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft all of which have tens of thousands of paid employees, Wikipedia depends solely upon the legion of unpaid and often anonymous volunteers: “Since January 2001, these 'Wikipedians' have created more than 10 million articles, in over 250 languages, adding and updating at 'the speed of news' to create nothing less than
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