Thursday, February 05, 2015

Slate: Wikipedia problems of its own making

Could say a few things but probably won't ... still ... it has to be said that there were a couple of years in online discussions where Wenatchee The Hatchet would try to clarify a few points only to be told by someone that because the Wikipedia entry on Mars Hill or Mark Driscoll said X that X was how things happened.  Never mind that Wenatchee The Hatchet spent a decade at Mars Hill; met all the co-founding elders; was recruited into a number of ministries; and spent about half a decade meticulously documenting things ... somebody who read a Wikipedia entry that discussed Driscoll had the facts. 

It was weird and often very annoying but, fortunately, it could be the use of Wikipedia as a resource to discuss all that could be on the wane. Better to consult a litany of work at World by Warren Cole Smith; coverage by The Stranger; Becky Garrison's work; Warren Throckmorton's blog; some more recent stuff by Brad Sargent; Molly Worthen has had a couple of decent articles; Joyful Exiles has a helpful timeline; Repentant Pastors and We Love Mars Hill have some primary participant accounts ... and if you don't mind trawling through a sea of sourced statements with often rambling commentary and observation over the last half decade, well, you could also read Wenatchee The Hatchet.  But if all you want is the Wikipedia level summation of who said or did what ... well ... that might be the problem to begin with.  At this point the viability of Wikipedia on a subject as controversial and storied as a Mark Driscoll should be moot, as in not taken seriously to begin with. 

But if you wanted to amuse yourself reading about the character Starscream ... that's fine.

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