Spring Break

I love reality television and am always somewhat surprised when I see something about Spring Break and what teens and college students do for Spring Break: lots of drinking, dancing, and other things that teachers and parents want to know nothing about. Do these events resemble what I have done for my Spring Break this year? Unless you count watching it on television….no. So, what have I done?

I made my husband drive me to the upstate to see Jimmy Wales. The wikipedia guy. Yes, I am a nerd.

It was very interesting. I expected to be mad at him after listening to him speak. I expected that he would go on and on about how great of a source wikipedia is. But, he wasn’t like that at all. He knows and explained to the audience that wikipedia is a free encyclopedia for anyone to edit and therefore you are going to have incorrect information on there. He made an excellent point: Wikipedia is a great starting point for research, but not the only place to go for research. Start there, check your source, visit the other sources that wikipedia suggests. Take the information you find there with a grain of salt. Good job, Jimmy. You earned my respect.



About Valerie Byrd Fort

I live in South Carolina. I am passionate about libraries, books, and reading. I am also a mom. This is my blog about those things.
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