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CNN cites Wikipedia

Here’s an interesting high-tech milestone: In a story on Shamil Basayev — the warlord who masterminded the horrid Russian slaughter — CNN cites a Wikipedia entry:

During the rebel pullout from Grozny in January 2000 Basayev lost a foot after stepping on a landmine, according to the Wikipedia Web site, but he and other rebel fighters eluded Russian capture by hiding in forests and mountains.

Last month I wrote a piece for Slate about whether mobs of people could produce art — and cited Wikipedia as the leading example of a creative work. I frequently use Wikipedia myself, but I’m fascinated to see that CNN now regards it as an authority.

(Thanks to Boing Boing for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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