Saturday, February 03, 2007

History Dept. Bans Wikipedia

So Middlebury has made headlines as of late with our history department banning Wikipedia. The funny thing is, it seems no one at Middlebury itself knows much about it. Public Affairs released a "news event" citing (almost entirely -- in quotation form) another journalistic source, the Chronicle of Higher Education. This seems a bit disturbing to me that our own school, the primary source, is citing a secondary source in its news event. Should the History department not publish a press release? History Dept. Chair Don Wyatt is all over Chronicle of Higher Ed but nowhere on our own site. I think Middlebury needs to take greater control of its own news...

2 comments:

bs said...

for the national midd headlines a week before they appear in the Chronicle, there's The Middlebury Campus. we've got midd's news under control...

Check out Brian Fung's frontpage article from January 24:
http://media.www.middleburycampus.com/media/storage/paper446/news/2007/01/24/News/Wikipedia.Distresses.History.Department-2670081.shtml

word on the street is the new york times wants a piece of the action next...

Chris Osborne said...

I'm going on record as saying students shouldn't be using Wikipedia as a final source anyway. Anything where I can go say that JFK was shot by a rabid elephant just shouldn't be taken that seriously.

Winthrop hasn't flat out banned Wikipedia or anything, not officially anyway. If a professor sees it and it wasn't for a picture then you'll lose a lot for using an unreliable source. But not any more than if you went to 'Third Grae Bob's Quantum Physics Site.'

on the books...