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Shayna S's picture

Why not Wiki?

Why do professors hate Wikipedia so? The "reason" I've heard is that Wikipedia can be edited by anyone, therefore it is unreliable. But wait. Why is this such a bad thing? Can it be that teachers/professors/etc. do not trust Wikipedia as a reliable source because doing so would undermine the status of peer-reviewed journals (and the like) as the only legitimate ways of communicating elite, academic knowledge, and thus undermining the gatekeeper status of professors?  There probably is a great argument for having caution in using such an available (and easily constructable?) websource. Is Wikipedia in the same category of fanfiction as being an illegitimate source of literature/ knowledge because of its online nature? 

As for the English majors, I'd like to know how they feel about posting online when they are so close to applying for long-term jobs. 



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