I’m not that old. Right?
By that I mean, I’m surprised at the hysteria amongst students when Wikipedia blacked out the other day in protest of SOPA. Put “Wikipedia” in your Tweetdeck and you’ll be sure to see a litany of rag tag messages decrying the one-day blackout as thousands of students expressed their panic.
Buzzfeed’s compilation is a nice summary of the sentiment felt by kids across the continent. I read through them and thought how weird it was, and that was when I smirked at myself. Things are different now, Nik. Kids don’t go to the library anymore, and what’s more is than they can spell out (umm) in the virtual community how cranky not having their beloved Wikipedia makes them. How dare one source of information go down in protest when information is so hard to come by nowadays?
This is the strange irony: that young students, most of whom are quite apt at sourcing all they need online and and then some, and who readily express any feeling they have online as well, can be so mad at Wikipedia for the consequence of disappearing for one day. Do they truly rely on Wikipedia that much, when so many other sites exist with so much more to offer, with somewhat more credible authorship?