Friday, August 11 2006 @ 10:49 PM MDT
Contributed by: emma
Two conversations I've had today about Wikipedia:
1) With the produce guy at Whole Foods.
I was wearing my Wikipedia shirt today and while I was grocery shopping, the produce guy that I've occasionally talked to asked me about the shirt and my thoughts about Wikipedia. He said that he'd only used it a few times, citing the "anyone can edit it" factor as the reason why he was iffy about Wikipedia. I explained why that actually isn't as dangerous as it sounds and that Wikipedia is a cool resource, especially because it's totally free and open. Good conversation, and he said he'd check it out some more.
2) With my housemate Alysha.
She says that the first time she heard about Wikipedia was through me, the first time I wore my shirt. Alysha's college-educated, has a computer, an iPod–in other words, what I consider the demographic most likely to know about and frequently use Wikipedia. "It's like Google, right?" she asked. She says that she always had Encyclopaedia Britannica, and that's why she never considered using anything else. From what I gathered, she's probably not going to use Wikipedia any time soon.
I always find these interactions very interesting, and they bring into perspective a little corner of my personality. I don't write enough code to call myself a hacker, but I certainly am a techie, and I'm quite happy about that. Life without Wikipedia? I'd be an entirely different person.