There’s an excellent post on Techdirt rebuking the typical “Professor Bans Wikipedia” meme that seems to creep into the news cycle every few weeks. This time it’s Deakin University associate professor of information systems Sharman Lichtenstein:
My immediate reaction was, “What is this, a Holiday Inn Express commercial?”
Techdirt’s Mike Masnick has an excellent retort:
…no one would want a brain surgery based on someone who just learned how to do brain surgery from Wikipedia, but that proves absolutely nothing. No one would want brain surgery done by someone who just learned how to do brain surgery from Encyclopedia Britannica either — but you don’t see this professor freaking out and trashing Britannica, do you? Wikipedia is a tool, just like Britannica, and it’s not designed to be a reference on how to do brain surgery.
I hope we can all point to that blog posting every time this silly argument comes up, which seems all too often.