The Truth According To Wikipedia (2008)

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The Truth According to Wikipedia (2008)



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maandag 7 april 2008 20:55 Ned 2

As traditional mass media wither away and an increasing number of people access information through Wikipedia, critics warn that “our” Web is taking a course that will eventually lead to an info-crisis and loss of truth.



Google or Wikipedia? Those who regularly search for information on the Web increasingly choose Wikipedia. This free online encyclopedia claims to offer the sum total of all human knowledge. Its entries, regardless of their level of expertise, are in the hands of its millions of users: information has become democratized. But an increasing number of critics, such as Andrew Keen and Wikipediafounder Larry Sanger, are venting their worries about a Wiki-driven society. Are they right? Does the Wikipedization of the world erode our concept of truth and the credibility of our information? A return of expertise and authority seems utterly necessary. Here and there we see glimpses of new developments on the Internet that might turn the tide. Mahalo.com for instance, is a young company that favors human research over indifferent algorithms; Mahalo even pays its researchers. Are these the first signs of a counter-revolution?



Director: IJsbrand van Veelen

Interviews: IJsbrand van Veelen/Marijntje Denters/Martijn Kieft

Research: William de Bruijn/ Marijntje Denters

Producer: Judith van den Berg

Editor in Chief: Jos de Putter/Doke Romeijn




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Wikipedia, the 8th most popular Web site on the Internet, defines itself as a “...Web based, free content encyclopedia project.” Its entries, regardless of their level of expertise, are in the hands of its millions of users: information has become democratized. But an increasing number of critics are concerned about a Wiki-driven society and worried that it is leading us to an info-crisis and loss of truth. THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA examines both sides of this tug of war over the popular on-line reference site, Web. 2.0 and social media in general.



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Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, has quickly become the eighth most popular Web site on the Internet after just a few years of existence. Its premise is revolutionary and controversial: all entries, regardless of their level of expertise, are in the hands of its millions of users—all information on the site has become democratized.



The American Public Television-distributed series THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA, airing on public television nationwide beginning February 1, 2009, examines the fascinating debates that have arisen over the Wikipedia Web site, Web 2.0 and social media in general. While some people welcome this democratization of information, others believe that sites like Wikipedia are leading us into an “info-crisis” and a loss of truth.



Even the co-founders of Wikipedia disagree about the site. Larry Sanger believes that there should be more oversight and proof of an editor’s credentials, while Jimmy Wales believes that the democracy of social media is an invaluable tool for emerging nations where books and other sources of information are rarely available.



THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA features interviews with prominent journalists and activists. Among them is Ndesanjo Macha, a South African “digital activist” who believes Wikipedia gives a voice to the “non-expert” knowledge about history, and Andrew Keen, an author who argues that the personalization of media results in less democracy, less community and “truthiness” rather than truth.



A fascinating look into the ideological tug-of-war over this popular website, THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA is a timely and thought-provoking journey into the realm of the world’s online encyclopedia.



THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA was acquired from Netherlands Public Broadcasting by American Public Television for syndication to public television stations nationwide.



Source: American Public Television

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