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Life is a lie
2010-08-16 04:22 pm (UTC)
Wikipedia is useful for finding links to various sources of information on a particular subject. It's also great for getting a brief overview of the topic, but it's not useful at all for getting detailed information because it is so open to abuse. Locking entries won't work either because that takes away from what the site actually is. No entry is ever truly complete and as information available changes, the entries evolve to reflect this.
The person who told me that it was cheating said that it was because I should instead be using journals and textbooks as my starting points to gain information, something she deemed appropriate for university students, as opposed to something anyone can access easily. She never got around to saying how exactly that was cheating though. It took me a while to realise that she was probably just being elitist but without knowing all the reasoning I can never be certain :(
I suppose it is entirely possible that they might be missing something, but it feels a bit arrogant to assume that. Well, until I discovered that other people don't completely disagree with me. This makes me feel a little more secure in my reasoning.
The difference with recording from the radio and copying from an album is an issue of quality. I don't know what the legal issues with that are, but if you record something on cassette from a radio then you won't get the whole song, will probably get some DJ talking over the beginning and end, and will get something of inferior quality. If you like it enough to want to hear the whole thing then you need to copy from an album. I think the radio and TV things are actually covered by fair use or something similar, though it's stupid that I can't tell you off the top of my head at the moment. I've read the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act so many times recently that it isn't even making sense anymore!!
Not enough people actually stop and consider it. They tend to instinctively think that it's either right or wrong and not go into why. Consideration is always good, especially if it leads to you buying more.
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