Check out*, for example, the disgraceful entry on “Television” in the 2006 Encyclopedia Americana, which seems to have been last updated in the early 1970s. It contains statements that are now flatly false (“Since then, every attempt to establish a fourth national commercial network has met with failure.”) and many more that are now ludicrously out of date (“By 1970 more than 60% of the TV sets in the United States were equipped to receive UHF signals;’” “For a series such as Star Trek or Ironside or Mission: Impossible…”).
The nearby entry on “Telephone” is possibly even worse. (East Germany, the U.S.S.R., and Yugoslavia live on in a chart of countries that had 1 million or more telephones as of 1979.) New entries are added (there is a decent but rather short article on “Internet”), but it seems many old ones are left untouched.
...the biggest gift Wikipedia has given us [is] a way of looking at the world around us and seeing the possibility of effective human cooperation, on really complex, large projects, without relying on either market or government processes. It turns out that we are creative, social beings; we do what we think is fun, not only what is profitable; we do what we think is right and good, not only what we think advances our interests; and we are able to organize ourselves, even at very large scales, into coherent social enterprises. It's not easy; but it is possible, and it is part of who we are and can be.
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