Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Wikipedia & Microsoft

I found it interesting that Microsoft landed itself in some trouble when it was discovered recently that they offered to pay a blogger to "correct" Wikipedia articles about the company. Apparently, while anyone can post and edit a Wikipedia article, the site does attempt to prevent those with a "conflict of interest" from posting content and "slanting" entries. They try to block content submitted by public-relations firms, campaign workers, etc.
In the long run I think it's impossible to stop a bias from forming if enough people post content leaning one way or the other on an issue. The real question is where does the truth lie and can we take a Wikipedia article at face value?

CNN Article about Microsoft & Wikipedia

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