Truth in Numbers?

Truth in Numbers?

Everything According to Wikipedia

Downloadable Video - 2010
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A 2010 American documentary film that explores the history and cultural implications of the online, user-editable encyclopedia Wikipedia. The film considers the question of whether all individuals or just experts should be tasked with editing an encyclopedia. The site's history and background is given, along with commentary from Wikipedia founders Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger. Commentators that appear in the film include author Howard Zinn, Len Downie of The Washington Post, Bob Schieffer of CBS News, former Encyclop?|dia Britannica chief Robert McHenry and former Central Intelligence Agency director James Woolsey.
Publisher: [United States] : Kino Lorber : Made available through hoopla, 2010.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 85 min.)) : sd., col.


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Dec 03, 2017

This movie pretends to show a balanced perspective on Wikipedia. However, I think it's clear that filmmakers Scott Glosserman and Nic Hill are in favor of this online information system with 11 million articles in 270 languages (at the time of the film's making). I'm OK with their bias because I too am a fan of this open source internet resource. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales really holds his own when faced with a barrage of criticism from people who claim that experts should be writing the material on Wikipedia. I say, power to the people. Who decides who the experts are anyway? Yes, Wikipedia contains errors, but it is ever evolving and, hopefully, ever improving. Jimmy is in good company when Howard Zinn is interviewed and, in essence, supports what Wikipedia is trying to do. Other critics come across as whiny, narrow-minded thinkers. Yes, even Noam Chomsky comes across as a grumpy old man trapped in 20th century ways of thinking and communicating information/knowledge.

Aug 19, 2015

Bad (slow) editing at the beginning & the end — but stick with it. "TRUTH IN NUMBERS" gets at some good, worthwhile stuff. It's a solid & skeptical view of Wikipedia and how "truthy" it is (rather than actually getting at "what we know now"). The founder, Jimmy Wales, comes off as an unmitigated, egotistical *sshole. The documentary made me want to avoid Wikipedia as much as possible. WORTHWHILE.


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