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Wiki-truth

06/15/2005 10:22 am 10:22:02 | Updated May 25, 2011

Interesting editorial by Stacy Schiff in today's New York Times on the dangers of interactive truth. The piece is pegged to the LA Times' plan to have wiki-editorials - interactive online editorials that readers can alter to reflect their own ideas, half-baked or otherwise. Schiff suggests we institute wiki-tax returns. An excellent idea. Also, might I add: Wiki-Constitution. Wiki-Commandments. Wiki-Sports Scores. Wiki-Stock Quotes. Wiki-SupremeCourtDecisions.

I'm conflicted about the Wikipedia. In one sense, I love it and I use it all the time. It's got more than half a million articles, far more than your average encyclopedia. But it's dodgy – when I looked up a friend of mine a couple of weeks ago, the Wikipedia informed me that he is gay. Actually, he's married with a kid -- so straight, he doesn't need to go on Oprah to declare his love for his wife.