T. Mills Kelly encourages his students to deceive thousands of people on the Web, using fake websites and Wikipedia entries. This has angered many, including Jimmy Wales, but the experiments help reveal the shifting nature of truth on the Internet and how trust is managed in various online communities.
It’s sad to hear, but Encyclopaedia Britannica ceasing publication is hardly surprising.
My parents, who didn’t have a lot of extra money, bought the Encyclopaedia Britannica for me when I was in grade school. It wasn’t cheap and I’m sure they bought it on the installment plan. I used it for just about every report and paper I wrote well into my high school years. But by then many of the articles were already out of date, and you had to be careful not to rely on it as your sole source. But still, having those volumes of knowledge in your home at your fingertips was something to cherish.