Author Archives: Atonu

Lets be honest.

In all honesty, we all use Google as our primary source of dragging out information on something that interests us. The first couple of results always seem to have wikipedia. It works, and usually leads in the direction that we want. There isn’t anything wrong with doing this. If something written in one of the articles seems to be wrong, it can always be validated to be true or false through further digging. Of course there are biases. It’s really hard to find unbiased or neutral biases in almost anything where someone has an opinion on it. It’s human nature to have biases and have opinions. But to make out lives easier in an academic role, we use validated sources. The authors are usually experts in their field and try to have minimal biases.


In our current day and age, we can receive so much information on anything we seek to research. So much information that can overwhelm us. To take advantage of all the information we can search, we have to to broaden our writing to something that becomes informative and to a manageable size. With the tips that Badke gives, we can harness what we should put into our research that is informative but not in the form factor of a full length book. With these tips, I’ve learned to compress large sums of information that doesn’t overwhelm me, or the reader. With this, we are able to show how that compression doesn’t have to be a lack of information.

Copyright. The broken system.

Copyright is the owners/creators rights to material they have created. It’s meant to protect a person’s intellectual property from others use. Others would have to ask/get legal use of a copyright. Often times, they’re are royalties and other payments made to use copyrights. It sounds like a pretty good way to protect your copyright material. The copyright system is far from perfect. Since obtaining copyrights often times require monetary compensation, there is room for abuse of the system. Material that seems similar can receive legal repercussions. A lot this controversy happens in the music industry. Copyright owners charge an absurd amount of money for the use of their songs. In particular, the song, “Happy birthday,” requires a large amount of money just to be able to sing it in like a television show. If the copyright royalties is not paid, the company that owns the copyright to it will sue. Copyright in theory is a great idea that protects many people’s intellectual property, but the system could be better to prevent future lawsuits.

Wiki it. Why not?

There are constant data streams of both useful and useless information we will read and see on the internet. Along with all the information we use, there is always problems with their construction. Is this information relevant? Is the source trustworthy? Is the bias for or against what you’re looking for? One website many people use to obtain their information is “wikipedia.” Wikipedia is a website that relays information that is user based and public. Users can edit the information this is public displayed with, or without a proper source. What could possibly go wrong? In possibility, incorrect information can be relayed due to bias, or even a possibility of a person not liking what someone else had written before. Inaccurate depictions and misinformation can lead the reader in the wrong direction. Sure, a lot of the information could be true, or rather false. But wikipedia can be used in a manner that is similar to a search engine, i.e. google. Information displayed on wikipedia often times have citations that allow the reader to find the source to verify what they have read. The citations will lead the user to the source of information that allows the reader to verify the informations and they can determine the validity of what they read. In my personal opinion, wikipedia is a very powerful asset if you use it in the correct manner.