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Wiki-truth

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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.