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Why I have to learn to treat Wikipedia info with care!

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John Seigenthaler Sr. has described Wikipedia ...

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A direct quote from an article in Technology Review:

According to Wikipedia‘s entry on the subject, “the term has no single definition about which the majority of professional philosophers and scholars agree.” But in practice, Wikipedia’s standard for inclusion has become its de facto standard for truth, and since Wikipedia is the most widely read online reference on the planet, it’s the standard of truth that most people are implicitly using when they type a search term into Google or Yahoo. On Wikipedia, truth is received truth: the consensus view of a subject.

That standard is simple: something is true if it was published in a newspaper article, a magazine or journal, or a book published by a university press–or if it appeared on Dr. Who.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/10/23 at 08:55

Have you been Google-ized too?

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The Reality Club_ ON _IS GOOGLE MAKING US STUPID_ By Nicholas Carr.jpg

Google seems to have iconic features in more ways than one. It is a prominent element in most browsers, the primary web research tool, a top stock, offering a desktop alternative, a brand that is ubiquitous and as recognizable as Apple and the Golden Arches.

Nicholas Carr, who specializes in unconventional insights about computers and computer uses, has contrived a thought provoking question discussed by several “experts” here.

A related question about new forms of reading is discussed in this NY Times piece.

My daily ration of reading is heavily weighted by all that I read on the Internet, the news, blogs, book reviews, history stuff and so on and on. I used to read at least one hard copy newspaper and magazine every day or other day at least.

How has my googleizing and web reading affected me? I know more about the world and about myself in some very specific ways. So I say to Mr. Carr, in the every day sense I have been made unstoopid by Google and its context the web and blog spheres. I spend longer periods almost every day thinking and musing here about a variety of issues, events and visual experiences. It’s a better life IMHO!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/07/30 at 09:51

According to “The Official Google Blog”

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The main Google page as of April 2008Image via Wikipedia

My web page URL is one in a trillion!

We knew the web was big…

7/25/2008 10:12:00 AM

We’ve known it for a long time: the web is big. The first Google index in 1998 already had 26 million pages, and by 2000 the Google index reached the one billion mark. Over the last eight years, we’ve seen a lot of big numbers about how much content is really out there. Recently, even our search engineers stopped in awe about just how big the web is these days — when our systems that process links on the web to find new content hit a milestone: 1 trillion (as in 1,000,000,000,000) unique URLs on the web at once!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/07/26 at 06:23

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Most knowledgeable people agree that “The end of Theory”

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This is an image of Chris Anderson.Image via Wikipedia

is not likely now to say the least. If you are interested go to this link!

Here is an excerpt from that essay from “The Edge”

Sixty years ago, digital computers made information readable. Twenty years ago, the Internet made it reachable. Ten years ago, the first search engine crawlers made it a single database. Now Google and like-minded companies are sifting through the most measured age in history, treating this massive corpus as a laboratory of the human condition. They are the children of the Petabyte Age.

The Petabyte Age is different because more is different. Kilobytes were stored on floppy disks. Megabytes were stored on hard disks. Terabytes were stored in disk arrays. Petabytes are stored in the cloud. As we moved along that progression, we went from the folder analogy to the file cabinet analogy to the library analogy to — well, at petabytes we ran out of organizational analogies.


According to Chris Anderson, we are at “the end of science”, that is, science as we know it.” The quest for knowledge used to begin with grand theories. Now it begins with massive amounts of data. Welcome to the Petabyte Age.”

“At the petabyte scale, information is not a matter of simple three- and four-dimensional taxonomy and order but of dimensionally agnostic statistics. It calls for an entirely different approach, one that requires us to lose the tether of data as something that can be visualized in its totality. It forces us to view data mathematically first and establish a context for it later.”

In response to Anderson’s essay, Stewart Brand notes that:

Digital humanity apparently crossed from one watershed to another over the last few years. Now we are noticing. Noticing usually helps. We’ll converge on one or two names for the new watershed and watch what induction tells us about how it works and what it’s good for.

The “crossing” that Anderson has named in his essay, has been developing in science for several years and in the Edge community in particular.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/07/13 at 17:14