The Truth according to Wikipedia
As traditional mass media wither away and an increasing number of people access information through Wikipedia, critics warn that “our” Web is taking a course that will eventually lead to an info-crisis and loss of truth.
Google or Wikipedia? Those who regularly search for information on the Web increasingly choose Wikipedia. This free online encyclopedia claims to offer the sum total of all human knowledge. Its entries, regardless of their level of expertise, are in the hands of its millions of users: information has become democratized. But an increasing number of critics, such as Andrew Keen and Wikipediafounder Larry Sanger, are venting their worries about a Wiki-driven society. Are they right? Does the Wikipedization of the world erode our concept of truth and the credibility of our information? A return of expertise and authority seems utterly necessary. Here and there we see glimpses of new developments on the Internet that might turn the tide. Mahalo.com for instance, is a young company that favors human research over indifferent algorithms; Mahalo even pays its researchers. Are these the first signs of a counter-revolution?
Director: IJsbrand van Veelen
Interviews: IJsbrand van Veelen/Marijntje Denters/Martijn Kieft
Research: William de Bruijn/ Marijntje Denters
Producer: Judith van den Berg
Editor in Chief: Jos de Putter/Doke Romeijn