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You HAVE the Right to know!!

Want to know where the official republic of Djibouti is?

Or want to know a definition for affect and effect?

Or how about you just want to learn more about the Sophists?

You have the power to know anything you want within 10 seconds from the comfort of home.  Mass media has brought us many great things such as the internet.  But that vehicle has brought us mans greatest invention (outside of Google) WIKIPEDIA!

Wikipedia was created during the early 2000’s by as a free online encyclopedia.  Registered users can edit the information on the pages freely. 

I refer to this website. If I see a word or term that I do not know I simply Wiki it to learn more.  The information is just enough giving me an understanding in lamens terms. 

Yes I know that users are allowed to edit the pages, so the encyclopedia may have untrue facts.  But hey it’s not a reference source, and it never will be.

So readers beware when reading, and be sure to double-check “facts printed for accuracy.  Although they may have references listed that you can refer to for additional information. 

But it serves its purpose it gives an understanding that peer-reviewed articles and text books may lack.

A report in 2007 by Mark Henderson  said that Wiki was visited by nearly 7% of Americans daily. 

Wikipedia has celeb pages, theory, news stories, events, companies, places and landmarks, it even functions as a dictionary. 

Below are the percentages of media content dedicated to each field. percentages collected in a 2008 study conducted by researchers at Carnegie-Mellon University and Palo Alto Research Center

  • Culture and Arts 30% (210%)
  • Biographies and persons: 15% (97%)
  • Geography and places: 14% (52%)
  • Society and social sciences: 12% (83%)
  • History and events: 11% (143%)
  • Natural and Physical Sciences: 9% (213%)
  • Technology and Applied Science: 4% (−6%)
  • Religions and belief systems: 2% (38%)
  • Health: 2% (42%)
  • Mathematics and logic: 1% (146%)
  • Thought and Philosophy: 1% (160%)

 

Like I said there is no need for any other website, if you have this..

The top five searched pages in 2009 were:

1. Wiki (131,383 page hits per day)

2. The Beatles (111,896)

3. Michael Jackson (79,734)

4. Favicon.ico (78,077)

5. YouTube (72,318)

Ahh, the joys of mass media. I am sure there has been an overwhelming increase in obesity in Americans after Wiki. We not longer have to go to the library to look up thick books, we can know everything we need to from the comforts of our couch. 

Watch this short video for more information about how Wikipedia is used and how informations is transmitted. 

 You have the right to know!

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