Wikipedia can be a great site for students who need a quick reference on history, pop culture or even politics. But its reputation as an authoritative research resource is doubted by college professors and other experts who deter students from quoting Wikipedia in their papers. One reason is that a lot of the information on Wikipedia is either incomplete or downright false. Because anyone can technically edit or contribute to Wikipedia, the site is vulnerable to hackers and vandalism. Sometimes, the blunders are serious libel cases which result in lawsuits; and sometimes, they’re just funny.
This time the blunder by Wikipedia made me laugh my heart out. Being a literature student my curiosity about Shakespeare is quite obvious and internet has got to an answer to everything (that’s what I used to think).
Well so as soon as you google something the first results will be by Wikipedia. I searched for Shakespeare’s wife and Tada!! Here’s what I got:
Anne Hathaway the American actress and singer best known for her work in ‘Becoming Jane’, ‘The dark Knight Rises’,’Devil who wears Prada’ and many more movies and voice overs. According to Wikipedia, the beautiful lady was also Shakespear’s wife in the 16th Century. WOW!
Up to six in ten articles on Wikipedia contain inaccuracies, according to new research.
The number of factual errors shows just how unreliable it can be to use the online resource as a sole means of digging up information.
Yet millions base everything from school homework to corporate presentations using facts and figures they have gleaned from the site.
A study into, specifically, company information on the massively popular website discovered 60 per cent of articles had factual errors.
Wikipedia pages are edited by the public and this leads to both human error in factual information as well as, occasionally, those who want to sabotage entries.
But the site’s administrators themselves add to the problem by being too slow to react to those who complain about the errors, it said.