New York Premiere
Truth in Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Scott Glosserman, Filmmakers
Samuel Klein, Wikimedia Foundation
Liam Wyatt, Wikipedian in Residence, British Museum
Moderator: Noam Cohen, Columnist, Link by Link, The New York Times
After viewing this provocative documentary, you will never look at Wikipedia the same way. Filmmakers Scott Glosserman and Nic Hill engagingly explore the history and cultural implications of one of the most travelled and referenced sites on the Internet. A whole range of opinion is expressed about the impact of Wikipedia on the archiving of learning, from interviews with founder Jimmy Wales to commentators suspicious of the site’s supposed neutrality. The documentary delves into the EssJay controversy in which a Wikipedian made false claims about his academic credentials and the battle over journalist John Seigenthaler’s inaccurate entry. Evenhandedly weaving multiple perspectives about the impact of Wikipedia, the film provokes a deeper conversation on how knowledge is formed and what future generations will learn about history and the world.
In association with SnagFilms, which will live stream the event.
Join us for a complimentary reception after the event at 8:30 pm.
This event is part of the Robert M. Batscha University Seminar Series.