This weekend as I sat on my couch researching online possible tools to share with you, and I stumbled onto a website called wikiality. If this sounds like a “reality” show to you, your are on the right track. This website is a spin-off of the ever popular wikipedia, a popular source of information for many. If you have attempted to cite this as a source for a paper you may have encountered some resistance from your professor. Why? Well wikipedia is an open-access, free-content encyclopedia where anyone can contribute/edit an entry. This alone makes it a questionable source for academic work due to accuracy, authority, and biases.
All things considered, the term “wikiality” implies that there is a truth that we can all agree on. So if we all agree that elephants are purple, are they? In regards to how we use information, it is something to think about.
In our academic life and as critical thinkers, it is important that we understand that when we look for guidance, research and truth always:
- Analyze the structure and logic of supporting arguments or methods
- Recognize prejudice, deception, or manipulation
- Recognize the cultural, physical, or other context within which the information was created and understands the impact of context on interpreting the information