Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Wikipedia is fucking cool, not because it's authoritative (which, I've no doubt it is, in places), but because it treats completely unauthoritative subjects authoritiatively.

I can't count the number of times I've gone to Wikipedia just to get the feeling for an off topic. I would never recommend a patron use an article without a dash of salt, but hot damn, there's no place else that I can run across a fruity topic like "cosmic rods" and find a cogent summary plus tons of wierd side issues.

Further examples are Otherkin, the technical and PC term for that guy you knew in high school who said he was a space alien, or the artist at the SF con who claimed to be a vampire.

Following various links concerning consipracy theory, you can come up with a wealth of stuff, from this guy who writes books about shapeshifting carnivorous lizards in our government, the Illuminati, and Discordians.

Yee Ha.

Lastly, it's a great frikkin' place to find summaries of comic book series, like Planetary, if your unsure if you want to buy them.

There are arguments about whether Wikipedia is authoritative. I don't think that really matters so much. Nobody should ever get their information from a single resource. It is funky in a concise and thorough matter, a really handy tool.

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