Homework Doesn’t Have To Suck: Breaking Up With Wikipedia…1

As you know, here at Push To Talk Headquarters, we bring you advice about dating and act as your research homework matchmaker. We also aim to provide you with a sympathetic shoulder to cry on as you go through the difficult process of breaking up with Wikipedia.

Maybe your reason for breaking up with Wikipedia is straightforward, i.e., your teacher said, “You can’t use Wikipedia to find information for this research assignment.”

But maybe it’s taken you a while to make this decision. Maybe you’ve encountered a few too many Wikipedia pages with one of these messages:

Maybe you’ve started to think, “Who are these people who post information on Wikipedia? Do they really know what they’re talking about? How invested are they in me getting an A on this research assignment? Can you ever really know anyone?”

Actually, with a Wikipedia article, you can know quite a bit about it, simply by clicking on the “Talk” tab in the top-left corner.

If you look at the Talk page for this Wikipedia article about the Percy Jackson & the Olympians book series, you’ll find comments about things like the article only having links to positive reviews and to the British versions of the book covers. (Unless these issues have been fixed since this blog post was published—because that’s one of the many things about Wikipedia which is both good and bad: it’s constantly changing.) The point is: if you used this article for an assignment, you’d miss some important information.

Now wouldn’t it be great if you could see a Talk page about that jerk who’s been ignoring you/cheating on you/just not being that fun anymore? And then imagine what it would be like if you could sign up for an account and make a bunch of corrections so they weren’t such a jerk! Because you can do that with Wikipedia: sign up for an account and make corrections to articles. And you would—if you weren’t so busy still trying to finish that homework assignment.

We’ve given you some reasons to consider breaking up with Wikipedia. Next time on Homework Doesn’t Have To Suck, we’ll have some tips about getting on with your life. And, yes, it does involve listening to Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” as loudly as possible.

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