Well ranted, sir!
On 15/11/2013 00:49, Tom Fine wrote:
> I've stated plenty of times what I think about "crowd-sourcing" and
> "collective" things online -- generally not useful if facts or
> accuracy or consistency are of any value, or if you don't like wasting
> time. This article shows that Whacky is more screwy than I imagined.
> The latest brushes I've had with Whacky are a whole series of
> incorrect recording and release dates for various albums,
> contradicting what's on the album cover or CD booklet, contradicting
> well-researched discographies and/or contradicting Billboard articles
> that anyone can go find with a very brief Google Books search. Whacky
> seems to have just mass-imported all the misinformation in Gracenote
> and freedb, which are also crowd-sourced cluster-f's.
> Basically, fact-based knowledge is not up for debate nor is it
> "democratic" -- it is either factual or it is not. ACCESS to that
> knowledge should be as democratic as is practical. The interweb gets
> it backwards. Every fool has a "voice," under the guise of being
> democractic. So what happens is bunch of foolish noise, and facts get
> lost in the shuffle. Talk to any teacher and you'll hear about a
> generation coming up who can't tell the difference between a fact and
> an opinion. "New paradigm" indeed!
> -- Tom Fine