Information and the Future

This is the blog of the Information and the Future task force of the Rolfing Library at Trinity International University. The IF task force exists to explore the role of libraries in the future of Christian higher education.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wikipedia and the financial crisis

I don't quite understand this article, because it gets into financial things, but it's interesting. From what I picked up, it sounds like someone had written an article a few years ago warning people about a dangerous stock trading practice called "naked short selling." It wasn't published, and the author claims it was because other journalists were getting their information about the practice from wikipedia, and the relevant articles there had been controlled by one person using different accounts, who successfully painted a different picture of this practice. One of the most interesting quotes was "At some level, you can control the public discourse from Wikipedia." Wikipedia has power - that's kind of scary!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/01/wikipedia_and_naked_shorting/

1 Comments:

  • At 1:23 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Thanks for posting the link to this interesting article Rebecca. It does indeed suggest that wikipedia has real power - something I think very few have really understood (myself included).

    It is probably past the time we stop lamenting the use of wikipedia and start actually trying to understand how wikipedia operates and what it means.

     

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