Sunday, March 13, 2005

Wikipedia: The Poor Man's Encyclopedia

I do not know whether anyone is aware of this, but kicks ass. I mean it. I have been using Wikipedia for the last two years now and I have yet to get bored with its' capabilities. Yesterday, I wanted to find more out about Freud, a man who never ceases to amaze me. I inputted his name in the search engine, gave the search button a click and BAM!, I was learning about Freud. I read up on Freud when all of a sudden I came upon some concept that seemed fuzzy. Luckily, because Wikipedia is the god of all internet encyclopedia's, I was able to click a link within the information pertaining to the fuzzy concept and BAM!, I was learning about something even more obscure than before.

Once on the page of obscurity I stumbled across an foreign name that I had never heard of. I clicked then BAM!, more obscure information. After a hour of clicking and BAM'ing, I ended up on some reference page about Will Smith. How is Will Smith connected to Freud? I do not know, but during the course of my exotic cyber-trip through Wikipedia I realized a bizarre thing. And that bizarre thing is that Wikipedia is alive and possesses the power to coerce the surfer to reach higher elevations of knowledge, confined only by what he or she can take in mentally.

When you log onto Wikipedia, you go on the site not knowing what you will learn about. You have an idea, but the site is like a blackhole. It sucks you in. You might go onto Wikipedia with your mind set on searching for the behaviorist theories of B.F. Skinner, then BAM!, you are learning about fried Creole dishes. Just like that. Wikipedia is a convoluted maze that entraps the websurfer and allows him/her to see the relation that is shared between two contrasting subjects. It unifies knowledge that was once believed not to relate by many psuedo-intellectual elitist. There are seven degrees of separation between any two obscure subjects that the mind can conjure. And Wikipedia proves that. Cheers to!


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