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Hi Leslie,I've posted a response on the Citizendiu...

2007-07-24T10:05:00.000-06:00

Hi Leslie,

I've posted a response on the Citizendium blog. In short, I think you raise a good question, but I'm not sure of the tone you take.

Yours in dialog,
Mike



I had no idea that there was such debate over Citi...

2007-07-23T11:03:00.000-06:00

I had no idea that there was such debate over Citizendium. I had heard a while back that it was coming out, but I've never heard its name mentioned since (at least not among my institutional contacts). I will definitely check it out now--thanks for your thoughtful take on this!



Why is my bibliography good looking and why are my...

2007-07-22T18:16:00.000-06:00

Why is my bibliography good looking and why are my blogs crap in their reviews? Got any tips?



dilletantism. That's the word he wants.I like the...

2007-07-22T17:30:00.000-06:00

dilletantism. That's the word he wants.

I like the openness of wikipedia. I haven't read a huge number of entries but I have read them, used them as a general overview. I certainly don't regard it as an authoritative source but you know, I haven't seen much that was wildly incorrect.

I don't see why experts shouldn't just involve themselves in wikipedia. Encourage their students to involve themselves in wikipedia. A wiki is only as good as the people who contribute. So contribute. For once. Instead of taking our collective academic ball home in a huff, let's play the game.

I think it's an especially promising opportunity to challenge the structures of the academy. I find the fact that men who are academically established are the ones trying to start an expert alternative that will be authoritative rather telling.

last thing, I think encyclopedia articles are really important for students to learn to use. There is no better way to get an initial handle on a topic than to head to a good encyclopedia and read the entry. No, you shouldn't summarize it or use it as your main source in a research paper. But if you're coming to a topic you know little or nothing about? Get an encyclopedia or dictionary and start there. I didn't learn that until I was a graduate student.