[Image: Graphic similar to the top of a Wikipedia entry on the Encyclopedia Britannica, featuring what seems to be an older version of the encyclopedia, with inset text reading “Encyclopedia Britannica is a compendium of reference books containing the most up-to-date information about the U.S.S.R.” Lower in the graphic is the Wikipedia logo and the text “TL;DR Wikipedia.”]
Exactly why weeding is important…
Especially since they seem to have used an outdated version of the Encyclopedia Britannica to generate their post! After all, recent editions of the Britannica clearly label it as an historical political entity. So in a sense, yes, it certainly does contain the most up to date info on the USSR—and that’s a good thing!
It’s important to evaluate one’s sources for timeliness, accuracy, and above all, bias. For all that Wikipedia’s proponents insist that its crowdsourced editing and research are every bit as valid and reliable as standard library sources and professional research skills, it makes their argument seem much weaker when they need to engage in deliberate obfuscation in order to get their point across.
(Source: tldrwikipedia, via librarymoments)