Monday, April 21, 2008

A Real Expert Tangles with Wikipedia

Climate change is a "hot" issue right now (please pardon the pun), and as a result, the Internet world is abuzz with comments and commentary that covers all aspects of the issue. It is, in short, a controversial subject.

There is, of course, a lot of science surrounding climatology and the "greenhouse" effect that makes this planet a haven for life. There is also a lot of opinions about what the science is showing us. And, as Mark Twain said, "it is a difference of opinion that makes horse races."

As I noted in an earlier entry, if you want to know the controversy surrounding an issue, check out its entry (or entries) in Wikipedia. So it is with Climate Change.

Recently, a National Post writer named Lawrence Solomon wrote two articles about his experiences working in the world of Wikipedia, and how he ran into significant bias in the area of Climate Change. It is enlightened reading.