The interactive world of knowledge

There is no need to introduce Wikipedia. I am sure that all of us have used it, at least once. The need of free knowledge, however, should be introduced.

Wikipedia is ranked among the ten most popular websites, and constitutes the Internet’s largest and most popular general reference work. And as I said, each of us, and maybe every person, who has an access to a computer, has used Wikipedia at least once. Why? Because of its free access and free content. What is more, those, who use Wikipedia, are allowed to edit and add to the most of the articles. By this way, people form the whole world are given the opportunity to interact, acquire knowledge and exchange experience. In other words – to work together for greater knowledge.

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How does it work?

Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 10.05.34Most of Wikipedia‘s text and many of its images are co-licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC BY-SA)

 

The good, the bad and a possible solution

everyone-working-togetherThe popularity of Wikipedia, as well as the advantages it offers, are a result of its free access and content. Therefore, if all the content, which is online, was accessible and free, people would be given the chance to gain more knowledge. This is a big advantage, especially, for the younger generation, who spend most of their time online. This is because, free content would encourage them not only to learn more, but also to share their own experience and knowledge with the others. minds_sharing_ideas_1600_clr_8481-v2
The disadvantage, however, is that once you publish a work and make it free, nobody will know that it is your work. However, in my opinion, people should be given a free access to content and at the same time obligated to put a reference whenever they use someone else’s work in their own. By this way, both, the creator and the consumer, will profit. After all, it is all about interactivity.

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They say “If you love something set it free”.
Well, we love knowledge and want it free! 

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3 Comments

  1. I agree that Wikipedia is a useful tool to interact, acquire knowledge, and exchange experience. The ability to publish and edit our own work as consumers could also be seen as a disadvantage, as it means that the information on this site is not always necessarily accurate, which makes it a weak source to use when referencing, especially in academic essays. However, when looking for some information quickly, Wikipedia is an incredibly useful site as it gives us access to a huge range of knowledge, provides links to take us to other relevant sources, and is quick and easy to use – you Google a query and Wikipedia is usually the first site which appears. I think we just have to bear in mind that the information is not always going to be 100% accurate.

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  2. I love using Wikipedia to find some basic knowledges. I agree it is a useful tool which is quick and easy to use. I really like the way Wikipedia showed the information of a brand or person in a table which is efficient and clear. Although it is not a reliable source we can use in academic writing, there are external links we can refer to at the bottom.

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  3. This is a great example of an extremely popular information bank under the creative commons attribution. I think this is something that everybody uses when trying to obtain conceptualised general knowledge. I think it’s great that it’s such an interactive website that people from all over the world are able to share their knowledge with one another! (even though sometimes it can be pretty false or misleading…and isn’t a great source for academia). If the creative commons under this website were to be stricter, i feel it would an enormously bad effect on the general public and how they would obtain information about masses of general content.

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