Epistemology of Wikipedia

October 26, 2008

Andrew Sullivan links to some hullaballoo about the epistemology of wikipedia.  The conceit is that the standard “is verifiability, not truth”.  Let’s immediately look past the sophomoric distinction there – and the accompanying oversimplification of the philosophical issues at hand – and head straight for the marrow of the matter.  The standard for truth on Wikipedia is not ‘verifiability’ or any other abstruse concept – the standard is that if a user thinks the entry is bullshit, it will change.  No philosophy required.  No absurd web pontificating.

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