March 9, 2017

Controversial Topics and the Pros and Cons of Wikipedia

  I chose to research gun violence on Wikipedia. This particular page does use some outside sources and does cite them which makes it more reliable in my eyes. Wikipedia is done anonymously and can be changed at any time by anybody. The page did say that it needed updating, and that the last time someone wrote on it was 2014. The pros of using wikipedia would be that it has a lot of different information about the topic compiled into one page with links and definitions. The cons are that the information you are receiving may be completely false, but we have no way of knowing this. A more traditional research source comes from someone who maybe works for the NSA or a leader of an anti-gun violence movement. These people are credible and may even have tested statistics to add even more reliability.

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