Wikipedia – the #1 website all teachers hate

The Internet has been a part of my entire life. I may not have appreciated it when I was young, but as I grew up and examined the world from a screen, I realize I lived a privileged life. Having access to the Internet, especially Web 2.0, gave me the opportunity to read numerous blogs and websites filled with information. One website in particular, Wikipedia, impacted my educational life for the better and worse.

I remember attending middle school, hearing several teachers lecture my class about how Wikipedia was not a credible source. We all complained and demanded a reason, because anyone who had visited the site would understand how grand of a source this website/encyclopedia was. I, with my fellow classmates, learned that anyone could edit the Wiki articles. Rules have changed throughout the years about who can gain access to edit articles, etc; but it still was a fantastic website to learn about new information.

Whether it’s electric eels or the history of the Democratic party, Wikipedia can bring a wide variety of knowledge to anyone who accesses it. I still look forward to visiting this website when I plan on learning about a new topic. A tip for some skeptical users is to analyze an topic in a Wikipedia article and visit the source to see if it is reliable (sources for different points in Wikipedia articles are in the form of footnotes).

Internetting

The Internet now, referred to as Web 2.0, is focused not on just viewing information but also input and interaction between people through social networks, blogs, video websites and wikipedias. I was introduced to the Internet by my parents but I did not start to really use it until I started to receive research projects in 6th grade. At first, I only knew and used the Internet to read educational articles. Then, I started watching YouTube. That first introduced me to Web 2.0. I spent hours each day watching gameplay videos, comedy shorts and vlogs. I still do that but much less. School projects made me use wikipedias, look at news websites and read blogs. Soon I got into Facebook and I was all of a sudden emerged into the new custom of actively viewing content on the Internet.

Web 2.0 is one of the greatest ideas society came up with. The ability to interact with information and other people on the Internet is really beneficial for humanity. By seeing what other people say, one can see what is popular and what different opinions people have. The Internet has become a type of communication that has never been achieved before. It connects people all over the world through a few clicks of the mouse. People who oppose this say that Web 2.0 makes for a lot of false information. This is misleading. One can always find truthful government and universities articles. Furthermore, media has always been untruthful so saying that the Internet started this trend is untrue in itself. Web 2.0 allows me to organize parties with my friends, express to a big audience how unhappy I am with current government and share a funny video from my childhood.