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.
How does it work?
Most 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
The 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.
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.
They say “If you love something set it free”.
Well, we love knowledge and want it free!