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Wikipedia: Truth in Numbers trailer 1

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Oh, is it an authoritative source? A librarian would say it's not an authoritative source, because it's on the web. They say: Oh no, we didn't mean that, there is stuff on the web that's authoritative... It's not an authoritative source, because it's not peer-reviewed. Oh wait, we didn't mean that, it's obviously peer-reviewed. But, they're not peers we like. We built the 17th most popular website on the Internet. How have we done this? You've done it. I've done it. We've all done it as volunteers. Updated, in real time, by all of its readers. The problem, of course, with Wikipedia, is that anyone can put their two cents in, and they do. Wikipedia empowers people, they become authors of their content. This is the Colbert Report! You see, any user can change any entry, and if enough users agree with them, it becomes true. ... compared an article from Wikipedia with Britannica, 4 errors in Wikipedia and 3 in Britannica. The more eyeballs, the more people are able to fix things more quickly. One moron and two CIA bureaucrats destroyed everything I had created. The vandals, the trolls, the people who put in purposely misleading content. They degrade Wikipedia's quality and its credibility, and we try to put a stop to it. It has a huge community element like you're part of a very big family. There's also a group of people who have an elitist edge to them. They like the difficulty of the technology, because it keeps people out. We are all working together for this. We are all working together to create a better encyclopedia. Internet Censorship They fear knowledge which has the potential to lead to something. It isn't about information getting into China It's about information from Chinese people, the Chinese point of view, being expressed to the entire world. It's the idea that all these things I've read, and I contribute will be free forever. Newspaper's top-down, radio's top-down, television's top-down. We don't have a say. Now, through Wikipedia collectively, we write the history. This is totally revolutionary. Democracy, freedom, justice, equality, and all that stuff that they teach us in school. Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. I don't think the work is ever done as long as the universe exists, and that's gonna be around for at least ... well, depends.

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Duration: 2 minutes and 59 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: Trailer
Producer: Underdog Pictures
Director: Nic Hill
Views: 15,507
Posted by: amuzulo on Nov 25, 2007

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