Main Plot Points:
- After viewing this film, you will never look at Wikipedia the same way. Filmmakers Scott Glosserman and Nic Hill engagingly explore the history and cultural implications of one of the most referenced sites on the Web. A wide range of opinion is expressed about the impact of Wikipedia on the archive of learning, from interviews with founder Jimmy Wales, to commentators suspicious of the site’s supposed neutrality.
- Evenhandedly weaving multiple perspectives about the impact of Wikipedia, the film provokes a deeper conversation about how knowledge is formed and what future generations will learn about history and the world.
What We Thought:
- Truth in Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia was interesting for a bit, but did grow tiresome. It’s definitely biased and they set out to make Wikipedia look bad.
- I use Wikipedia. I know it’s not always 100% accurate, but you know that when you go there. I still look things up on it when I can’t find what I want. Although after listening to its founder, I have a hard time believing any of it.
- We all know (or at least should know) that Wikipedia can be edited and changed at any minute of the day. Both good or bad. You should know that when using it. What I was told in this documentary is that its founder doesn’t care. He doesn’t see anything wrong with facts being changed. He came across as an idiot.
- He sees nothing wrong with anyone being able to change things or that most of the edits are done by the same super editors who bully people around and try to make experts look wrong. He has no problem with a 15 year old making an edit over a Harvard educated expert. That’s just stupid. Steve Jobs was a free spirited hippie, but he still made money and cared about his product. This guy is just an idiot idealistic who seems to be doing more harm than good.
- Will Truth in Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia make me stop using the site? Probably not. I never thought it was the gospel in the first place though. The filmmakers made a movie to make it look bad and they did. It didn’t exactly change anything to me though.
- Deleted Scenes
- Video Shorts Offering More Insight into the Workings of Wikipedia
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Jimmy Wales
- Wikipedia “Editors”
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