I admit — I use Wikipedia every day. However, I’m a wee bit skeptical.
I remember hearing Garrison Keillor say, speaking to an NPR group, that All Things Considered was the best news program on the air — except when you really want to know what’s going on. Then, you get a ten-minute word portrait about unemployed loggers in Oregon.
I feel that way about Wikipedia, which one seasoned editor refers to as “Unemployed Ph.D. Death Match.” The more passionate someone feels about a topic, the likelier the Wikipedia article is to reflect that passion (for the good, and for the bad).
This probably explains why, when I once read the Wikipedia entry on Robert Burns, a third of the article was devoted to his membership in the Masons.
Today’s browsing revealed this gem:
Clearly inaccurate — for one thing, there’s no space for Lord of the Rings (which would be at least as large as the “Libel” space).