As we all know, Wikipedia is the definitive repository of all knowledge in the known universe. In fact, looking stuff up in Wikipedia is so commonplace, it’s become a verb. It’s been verbed, if you will. Don’t know something? Wikipedia it.

I was at a workshop on social software the other day and the speaker showed us a graphic on what Wikipedia would look like if it were bound in a series of books, like old-timey encyclopedias. Keep in mind, this is just the English version (which contains nearly 2 million articles at present); just the current Wikipedia articles (not older edits); not the discussions; and it doesn’t include tables or pictures, just text. This is how big a bound copy of Wikipedia would be, as of August 2007:


While checking out this graphic, I then noticed this one, which breaks down what Wikipedia actually contains:

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It’s funny ‘cuz it’s true.

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  • As an intellectual, how could you possibly encourage the use of Wikipedia? The TAs always hated it when students used Wikipedia over the highly researched and legitimate encylopedia the university provided on-line, free of charge. That’s why I love the break-down of Wikipedia!


  • Yes I look forward to another term of marking papers full of Wiki as a reference! At least its not online 250 this time Beth! Sure do miss you around the building!


  • Wiki is an awesome resource when it’s kept up properly.

    I’m sure Encyclopedias were frowned upon as the tool of the devil when they came out.

    “What’s that? A series of books containing references to everything? PISH POSH! You must DERIVE IT ALL FROM SCRATCH FUCKERS!”*

    *This is a true quote from old timey-times.


  • Stacia – ya, I was being a wee bit facetious when I said “Wikipedia is the definitive repository of all knowledge in the known universe.” And by “wee bit” I mean “a whole hell of a lot”. I wouldn’t let my students use *any* encyclopedia (Wiki or old-timey ones)… read journal articles kids!

    Anon – I know who you are! I’m coming back to the building in Jan – going to be teaching FNH 370! What are you TAing?

    Jorge – You are an old-timey timer. It’s true – I read it on Wikipedia!


  • Ops I didn’t mean to make you guess! I forgot to sign my name!
    Your teaching 370! That’s great. I can totally picture you being great at that class! Having a senior level will be nice too as they should know how to read JAs 🙂
    Next term I’ll put that on the list of classes I want to TA!

    I’m TAing 470 with 90 students this term! They are doing case studies this year as well so should be a lot of work but thats my fav class so. Also doing a 1/3 TA of 350.

    I look forward to seeing you then! We should hook up for some caffeine sometime before that though! I wanna hear about the new job, etc etc.


  • Yes, we should definitely hook up for caffeine sometime soon and catch up! I don’t work Fridays, so Fridays are good (except this Friday – I’m going camping). Or weekends. Or evenings. It’s not like we don’t live in the same neighbourhood!


  • I actually moved to Kerrisdale! ITs full of old people but quiet and I like it. There is a Artiggano around here which is good expensive coffee. But I’m up for whatever. Lets touch base next week and see if Friday works! Have fun camping.


  • You moved to Kerrisdale??? But you had such a nice apartment!!!

    I’ve been to Artiggano downtown – I’m up for trying a Kerrisdale one! And my next Friday (Sept 14) is totally clear right now! I’ll email ya!


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