Baker on Wikipedia: save our stubs!

Speaking of the NYRB, there is a totally “charming” article about Wikipedia by Nicholson Baker this month. Baker is exactly the kind of person I want to have speaking for Wikipedia, and his focus is not on reliability or legitimacy or the moral panics that so many seem to grasp at, but on the dangers of the “deletionists” and his one-man crusade to stop them from ruining what is in his estimation (and I agree) the true charm of Wikipedia, it’s ability to take the ephemeral, the obscure, the barely noticed and the everyday as seriously as the most revered data points of our collective experience. He asks for our help in preventing the deletionists from winning…


Christopher M. Kelty is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has a joint appointment in the Institute for Society and Genetics, the department of Information Studies and the Department of Anthropology. His research focuses on the cultural significance of information technology, especially in science and engineering. He is the author most recently of Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software (Duke University Press, 2008), as well as numerous articles on open source and free software, including its impact on education, nanotechnology, the life sciences, and issues of peer review and research process in the sciences and in the humanities.

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