Mark Bauerlein, professor of English at Emory, on the over-use of the on-line source for their “research” in the Chronicle of Higher Education Review. I think the point is well taken.
Here, the problem lies in the use. In doing research, students don’t consult enough sources. Wikipedia is so easy and accessible that it stands out from all other reference works. Thirty years ago, students might check several encyclopedias, look up Cliff Notes, pore through the stacks for background texts, etc. Now, it’s Wikipedia first and, too often, last.
If you have access to the link, take a look at the comments, they are illuminating. What do you think about Wikipedia?