Taking a Look at Wikipedia

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Wikipedia is an online encyclopaedia, which contains open articles that can be edited by a number of users. The site prides itself on providing un-biases information from a neutral point of view (NPov). However, since the general public provides the majority of information, it is difficult to know how accurate the information truly is. The article that will be reviewed and analyzed contains information about the events of September 11, 2001 as well as how wiki can be used as a learning tool. The opening line of the article states “the September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks launched by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda upon the United States in New York City and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.” The article goes on to discuss the various events of the attacks, causalities, damage, motives of al-Qaeda as well as the aftermath of the events. However there is one important aspect missing: the notion of a conspiracy theory. What the article fails to mention is how some people believe this was a planned attack orchestrated by the United States government in order to scare the public into supporting a war in Iraq. This omission is addressed in the talk section of the article, however there is much debate if this aspect should be included within the text of the main article because it lacks creditable sources. Oddly enough it was because of this exclusion the article was not granted the status of being a “good article” after being nominated early this year. A Newspaper article from the New York Times published on the ten year anniversary points out that although there is a wiki page for 9/11 Conspiracy Theories there is no mention of it in the main September 11, ... ... middle of paper ... ...an exclusive learning tool for younger school aged children. Wiki could be a good resource for kids in elementary school because it is fast and easy to use, and it probably contains more recent information in the their textbooks. Even though a lot of information is bias, children at this level would not be looking for information that would contain a lot of questionable content. Overall the information available on wiki, is quite bias in content and in reference material, despite trying to maintain a neutral point of view. Wikipedia would make a starting off point to gain a basic understand but in order to fully understand of the event or person additional research would be needed. However Wikipedia would be a good learning resource for young school aged children because it is simply to use and provides users with hypertexts making it easier to find information.

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