WIKIPEDIA UPDATE . . . In "'Tort Reform' at Wikipedia," I was taken to task by commenters for saying I favor the Encyclopedia Britannica over Wikipedia. Said one, "Wikipedia is potentially very reliable on well-established . . . subjects."
Were the commenters right? A study by Science has found that Wikipedia is almost as factually reliable as the Encyclopedia Britannica. Details here. Not that I'm admitting defeat, however. The record will reflect that I was objecting mostly to the Wikipedia's writing style, that is, its flavor of having been written by a "committee of high school gym coaches." The Nature reviewers also complained that Wikipedia entries were often "poorly structured and confused."
I'm probably in the minority on this point too. Who cares about writing style any more? Certainly not the courts, which according to Evan Brown, are citing Wikipedia with ever-increasing frequency in their published decisions. It's one more sign that Wikipedia is here to stay.