Wikipedia – Or How I Became a Free Knowledge Junkie

Ah… Wikipedia. It’s anarchy in action.

And by that I mean the true meaning of anarchy –> a utopian society of individuals who enjoy complete freedom without central authority of any kind. Many of you who know me, or read my blogs regularly, know that I am a passionate proponent of free knowledge and a supporter of Wikipedia and other similar organizations that provide free access to knowledge.

I firmly believe that ALL schooling, up to and including college and post graduate studies, should be freely available to every human being. Learning should not be meted out by business based on one’s ability to pay. It should be a RIGHT… and freely given to those seeking it. Enough about my philosophical ideas, though.

The main purpose of my writing here today is to alert you to a nice article at opensource.com by Dana Blankenhorn about Wikipedia:

The Importance of Wikipedia

Mirror mirror on the wall, what’s the most important open source project of them all?

  • Are you asking about economic impact? Then it’s probably Linux, or maybe the Apache Web server.
  • Are you asking about user base? In that case I’m thinking Google’s Android, or Mozilla.
  • But if you’re talking about active participation, getting people’s hands on the guts of the thing, having them donate that back to the commons, and fulfilling the idea behind open source, there can be only one answer. Wikipedia*.

*Emphasis mine.

Read the article if you have a moment. Stop in at Wikipedia and help out if you can. And, as always, they could use a buck or two to help defray costs of operating this wonderful site. Donate a little something, if you can spare it. Hard times right now for 99% of us; yet, Wikipedia is so important that if you can spare just a few dollars, it would be most appreciated.

Disclaimer: I am NOT an employee of Wikipedia or its parent Wikimedia Foundation. I’m not a paid fundraiser. I’m just an individual who believes in the importance of keeping knowledge free and available to all. The two greatest allies of oppression and tyranny in this world are ignorance and apathy; do your best to be neither.

Go learn something now! <– Clicking this link will lead you to a random Wikipedia entry. 🙂

Later…

~Eric

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