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Stefan,

I find your comments puzzling and would like clarification. 

1) It seems to me that you are saying that Frank has a grudge -- is this correct? I found his piece to be a thoughtful critique that also was quite supportive of Wikipedia.

2) You say (and I agree) it is up to each of us to verify the facts we seek. What Frank pointed out very nicely is that we might be blindsided by our unexamined assumptions. And if we are not even aware of our assumptions (which is often the case) we are quite thoroughly trapped by them and unable to check our facts.

3) i saw no hint of a suggestion to prefer "the current filtering of information and the writing of history by the winners". Rather I saw support for Wikipedia. Where did this come from?

4) Perhaps I am merely clueless but I don't see how his specific profession provides any clue to his viewpoint.

Please help me out here.

Barry


On Oct 23, 2008, at 11:01 AM, Stefan Wasilewski wrote:

I generally find that people who criticise but don't offer an alternative have a grudge and therefore to be put in one box to be balanced as others are likewise accessed.

Surely it's up to each and every one of us to verify the facts we seek and in doing so learn accordingly: Nothing should be taken on face value.

Would he prefer the current filtering of information and the writing of history by the winners to remain as our only sources?

His profession should give a clue to viewpoint.

Stefan
  
On 23 Oct 2008, at 13:24, Frank wrote:

Dear Listm
 
Any comments?
 
Regards
 
Frank Wood
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