Taking a Look at Wikipedia

1062 WordsJun 21, 20185 Pages
Wikipedia is an online encyclopaedia, which contains open articles that can be edited by a number of users. The site prides itself on providing un-biases information from a neutral point of view (NPov). However, since the general public provides the majority of information, it is difficult to know how accurate the information truly is. The article that will be reviewed and analyzed contains information about the events of September 11, 2001 as well as how wiki can be used as a learning tool. The opening line of the article states “the September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks launched by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda upon the United States in New York City and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area on…show more content…
An effective article should enlighten readers on both facets and let reader decide what approach to take moving forward. Another bias that can be detected is the pro-America theme throughout the article. Words such as attacked, tragic, and motivated, insinuates this was an unprompted attack against a peaceful nation. Again what is missing is taking into account where the “attackers” are coming from. The article should provide readers with a historical background on the relationship between the United States and the key players of al-Qaeda. This would allow readers to come to an educated conclusion about what motived the events to happen in the first place. It is not only the article itself that contains biases; the references used to support this article are also very one sided. Most of the thirty-three references come from CNN, New York Times, Fox News, National Transportation Safety Board and various other American organizations. Since most of the information being provided is coming from American sources, only an American prospective is being considered. Therefore the article is really only a summary of events as told by the American media, and only reinforces what media outlets want the American public to believe. It is easy to understand why Wikipedia attracts over one million viewers everyday; not only is the site free; it contains over three million articles (most of which are
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