The Great Wikipedia Debate
An article in today’s New York Times focuses on Middlebury’s History department banning Wikipedia as a source. I was interviewed – and even photographed – for the article, but only came out with a couple of paragraphs at the end (at least it was a fairly accurate quotation). If you’re in the Middlebury area and want to hear more, come to the event on Monday Febrary 26 at 4:30 in Library 201: “What is the Wikipedia in Higher Education?”, featuring myself and History professor Amy Morsman.
And as an addendum to the Times article: the History policy was triggered by some (allegedly) incorrect information on the Wikipedia page about the Shimabara Rebellion that students relayed on an exam in a class by History professor Neil Waters. The concluding line in the article: “And yes, back at Wikipedia, the Jesuits are still credited as supporting the Shimabara Rebellion.” Well, hours after the Times article went live, the Jesuit claim was removed from the entry – an action that Neil could have taken upon its discovery…
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