I took a break from posting for a bit, but here I am. Back with a vengeance. I’ve had this idea in my head for a while, just no time to throw it out there. So here it is: The Wikipedia Blackout.
For those of you that don’t know, on January 18th over 7,000 websites went dark in protest of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act). A quick summary of both:
Copyright infringement is rampant on the Web, and SOPA was introduced to give copyright holders more protective power over their work. However, critics contended that SOPA and PIPA would stifle online freedom of expression and put undue strain on websites to police their content – especially social media and other sharing sites.
But what really got me is this: one of the biggest deals made out of the blackout was that Wikipedia was participating. The reason? Students felt like they couldn’t do their homework, projects, and other stuff.
Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE wikipedia to look up useless information, solve debates over stupid facts, and figure out who the hell Ted is from How I Met Your Mother. But it KILLS me that students today think that Wikipedia is a legit tool to do schoolwork with. And that not having it seriously hinders their ability to complete their assignments. Well,I’m going to let you in on a huge secret (imagine me whispering here): there are things called libraries. With books. And research databases. And the information is actually reliable. Written by educated people, unlike the Wikipedia articles that can be edited by pretty much anyone.
I mean, this bothers me almost as much as 4 year olds with iPads. Its unnecessary. I remember the days when I was in school and we could only use ONE internet source for research on a project. I know turning the pages of a book is a lot of effort, and getting to the library can be a pain in the butt, but come on. Let’s be real here. If Wikipedia didn’t exist, I’m sure the world would not end. And that’s that.
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