Thanks to a post on the Association of Internet Researchers mailing list yesterday I discovered a series of interviews on YouTube “The Alcove” conducted and co-produced by Mark Molaro.
To date there are 46 interviews covering a wide range of topics.
As an example I’ve chosen Molaro’s most recent interview which is with Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales. In the interview Molaro and Wales discuss the origin of Wikipedia, the community’s core values, credibility, Ayn Rand and Objectivism, and the future of Wikipedia, incl. the Wikia project.
Despite the fact that I don’t agree on the objectivist epistemology, I appreciate Wikipedia very much and use it on a regular basis, mainly when I come across new concepts and/or people and especially when I need to refresh my memory. There has been a lot of debate regarding the credibility of Wikipedia and especially as an educator and researcher I find this issue important though it’s not a topic I want to cover in this post. Suffice to say that personally I would be very reluctant to use Wikipedia as primary source and for sure I would not use it as the only source, but this I wouldn’t do with any source anyway…
Thank you for correctly identifying Jimmy Wales as a “co-founder” of Wikipedia, and not the easier-to-type but still inaccurate “founder”.