The Truth According To Wikipedia , aussi Referred to as Wiki’s Truth ( Dutch : Wiki’s Waarheid ) is a Dutch documentary about Wikipedia directed by Ijsbrand van Veelen. It was screened at The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam on April 4, 2008 and broadcast by the Dutch documentary series Backlight ( Dutch : Tegenlicht ) onNederland 2 on 7 April 2008. It was subsequently made available through American Public Television .

The documentary examines the reliability of Wikipedia and the dichotomy between the contributions of experts and amateur editors. The documentary includes commentary from Wikipedia co-founders Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger , The Cult of the Amateur author Andrew Keen , O’Reilly Media chief executive officer Tim O’Reilly , and form editor-in-chief of Encyclopædia Britannica Robert McHenry . Keen says that experts should serve as guardians of information during the Web 2.0phenomenon; This point of view is supported by analysis from Sanger.

The Truth According To Wikipedia received a positive reception Generally, being white Described in Film Quarterly as “a sharp and wide-ranging overview of wikipistemology”. [1] The Center for Strategic and International Studies provides a useful resource to teach students about appropriate sourcing. [2] Media scholar Mirko Tobias Schaefer New media writer Stephen Downes Wikipedia within the wider context of the Web 2.0 social phenomenon.

Contents summary

Director IJsbrand van Veelen examines questions about Wikipedia, including Encyclopædia Britannica . [5] He presents commentaries on the reliability of Wikipedia . Veelen also addresses the idea that information to be free . [5] [6] The documentary notes that within the period from 2006 to 2008, Wikipedia has increasingly been recognized as one of the most popular websites, and that it often rivaled Google for those searching for information on the Internet. [2]

Individuals Interviewed Who are you and APPEAR Commentators in the movie include: Wikipedia co-founders Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger ; The Cult of the Amateur author Andrew Keen ; How Wikipedia Works author and Wikipedia editor Phoebe Ayers; Swahili Wikipedia contributor Ndesanjo Macha; O’Reilly Media chief executive officer Tim O’Reilly ; We Think author Charles Leadbeater ; And training Encyclopædia Britannica editor-in-chief Robert McHenry . [5] [6] [7]

Wikipedia, and more broadly, the Web 2.0 phenomenon. [5] [6] [7] Charles Leadbetter is an effective method of increasing the ideals of democracy. [1] Leadbetter says the Web is the most effective way to increase individual freedoms and rights in totalitarian nations. [1]

Andrew Keen is featured prominently in the documentary, and puts forth a thesis that veracity of information should be determined by experts who should function as guardians for such material. [5] [7] [1] [2] [2] [2] [2] [2] [2] [ edit] References [3] Keen opine That in this unfortunate position actual facts Would INSTEAD be supplanted by ” truthiness “. [3] [a]

Keen’s argument is supported in the documentary by Larry Sanger’s commentary, which left Wikipedia over a conflict with Jimmy Wales regarding Sanger’s desire for experts to be given additional influence on the project. [4] Sanger acknowledges that in the early stages of Wikipedia, a factual description of the fledgling website. [3]


The Truth According to Wikipedia was directed by IJsbrand van Veelen. [8] [9] He had previously directed the Backlight documentary Google: Behind the Screen . [6] Interviews were conducted by Marijntje Denters, Martijn Kieft and IJsbrand van Veelen. [8] [9] William de Bruijn, Marijntje Denters, and Martijn Kieft researched and gathered information for the documentary. [8] [9] Judith van den Berg was the producer, and editors were Jos de Putter and Doke Romeijn. [8] [9] The documentary utilized 60 seconds of footage from a video made by Chris Pirillo , Who later objected that he would not be able to obtain his permission or crediting him with the content. [10]

The documentary was released in 2008, [11] during which the controversy over the censorship of Wikipedia in China was ongoing. [12] The documentary premiered globally at The Next Web conference in Amsterdam on 4 April 2008. [13] [14] It was broadcast by VPRO we Nederland 2 is April 7, 2008, [11] [15] [16] and Was Made Available for viewing on its YouTube channel the same year. [1] The organization American Public Television(APT) began to make the documentary available in the summer of 2008,


Thomas Leitch wrote in his book Wikipedia U that Andrew Keen (pictured)expressed a significant viewpoint in the documentary which merited further debate. [3]

The Truth According To Wikipedia received a positive review in the journal Film Quarterly , Where author Ben Walters called Expired The Documentary, “a sharp and wide-ranging overview of wikipistemology”. [1] In a report entitled Teaching Seven Revolutions: A Tool Kit for Educating Globally Competent Citizens published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies , everything “. [2] It was recommended as a resource to learn about information science . [2]

Author Thomas Leitch in his book Wikipedia U wrote that Keen’s perspective on Wikipedia in particular and Web 2.0 in general as expressed in the documentary was a significant viewpoint. [3] Leitch said the criticism directed at Wikipedia by Keen merited further debate because it reflected assumptions explaining why Wikipedia was used by a classroom setting to discourage the encyclopedia. [3] Bastard Culture! Author Mirko Tobias Schäfer called the documentary a well-received analysis of the discussion over truth on Wikipedia. [18]

The Truth According to Wikipedia was given positive by Eric Schonfeld of TechCrunch , who commented that the film was expertly created. Though it has been widely used in the past, it has become a popular tool for Keen to publicize his polemics against Wikipedia. [5] Schonfeld assessed that Keen came away as the winner of his thesis by the end of the documentary. [5] Of Keen’s argument, Schonfeld. [5]

Commenting on the documentary itself, Keen called it an enlightening documentary. [19] Media futurist , blogger, and writer Gerd Leonhard recommended the documentary and called it most entertaining. [20] Nicholas Carlson of Gawker Media framed the documentary as a conflict of “Experts vs. amateurs”, and distilled the essence of the documentary down to a 90-second version. [21]

Designer and commentator in the fields of online learning and new media Stephen Downes caractérisée The Truth According To Wikipedia as a fascinating documentary about icts website Both of focus and the larger phenomenon of Web 2.0. [22] Downes was a critical part of the film’s use of a documentary-style document in order to present its message, and argued that the viewpoints were not subsequently backed up by documentation. [22]

Ernst-Jan Pfauth of the Next Web, the documentary director for a group of experts to comment on Wikipedia for the documentary. [6] He posed questions raised by the documentary’s analysis, and wondered whether the web had succeeded in increasing intelligence and accuracy within society. [6] Pfauth asked: “Are they equally and truly reconcilable ideals?” [6]

See also

  • Film portal
  • Internet portal
  • Bibliography of Wikipedia
  • List of films about Wikipedia
  • Truth in Numbers?
  • The Virtual Revolution


  1. Jump up^ “Truthiness” is a term coined byStephen Colbert. [3]


  1. ^ Jump up to:e Walters, Ben (Fall 2008). “Gray Areas” . Film Quarterly . 62 (1): 78-79. Doi : 10.1525 / fq.2008.62.1.78 . Archived from the original on 24 October 2015 . Retrieved 24 October 2015 – via JSTOR .
  2. ^ Jump up to:d Falk, Dennis; Susan Moss; Martin Shapiro (2009). “Chapter 5: Teaching Resources” (PDF) . Teaching Seven Revolutions: A Tool Kit for Educating Globally Competent Citizens (Report). Center for Strategic and International Studies . Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 September 2009 . Retrieved 15 November 2010 .
  3. ^ Jump up to:h Leitch, Thomas (2014). Wikipedia U: Knowledge, Authority, and Liberal Education in the Digital Age . A Hopkins Series on Education and Technology. Johns Hopkins University Press . pp. 60-61. ISBN  978-1-4214-1535-2 .
  4. ^ Jump up to:b Olsthoorn, Peter (9 April 2008). “Web 2.0 criticaster geroosterd in Amsterdam” . Emerce (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 12 January 2009 . Retrieved 15 November 2010 .
  5. ^ Jump up to:h Schonfeld, Eric (8 April 2008). “The Truth According to Wikipedia” . TechCrunch . Archived from the original on 22 December 2014 . Retrieved 15 November 2010 .
  6. ^ Jump up to:g Pfauth, Ernst-Jan (1 April 2008). “TheNextWeb2008 Update: the truth according to Wikipedia” . The Next Web . Archived from the original on November 2, 2013 . Retrieved 15 November 2010 .
  7. ^ Jump up to:c Sterkenburg, Tessa (6 April 2008). “The People versus The Expert” . The Next Web . Archived from the original on 5 October 2015 . Retrieved 15 November 2010 .
  8. ^ Jump up to:d “Tegenlicht Wiki’s Waarheid” (in Dutch). Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision . 7 April 2008. Archived from the original on 2 November 2015 . Retrieved 2 November 2015 .
  9. ^ Jump up to:d “The Truth According to Wikipedia” . Tegenlicht . 9 February 2009. Archived from the original on 11 June 2010 . Retrieved 15 November 2010 .
  10. Jump up^ “vpro ript video zonder bronvermelding in wiki’s waarheid” . (in Dutch and English). Netherlands . 15 April 2008. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013 . Retrieved 15 November2010 .
  11. ^ Jump up to:b “Wiki’s Waarheid” . Tegenlicht . 2008. Archived from the original on 26 September 2010 . Retrieved 11 November 2010 .
  12. Jump up^ Derksen, Marco (9 April 2008). “VPRO’s Tegenlicht op zoek naar Wiki’s waarheid” . Marketingfacts(in Dutch). Archived from the original on 28 September 2011 . Retrieved 15 November 2010 .
  13. Jump up^ van der Zande, Erwin (25 March 2008). ‘Wereldpremière’ Wiki’s Waarheid ‘op The Next Web’ . (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 29 September 2011 . Retrieved 15 November 2010 .
  14. Jump up^ Schonfeld, Eric (4 April 2008). “Live From the Next Web (2008): Day 2” . TechCrunch . Archived from the original on 2 February 2011 . Retrieved 15 November 2010 .
  15. Jump up^ “Wiki’s Waarheid” . Tegenlicht . VPRO . 7 April 2008. Archived from the original on 19 October 2015 . Retrieved 31 October 2015 .
  16. Jump up^ “Actualiteiten …” . Trouw (in Dutch). 7 April 2008. Archived from the original on 30 December 2014 . Retrieved 2 November 2015 .
  17. Jump up^ “Truth According to Wikipedia, The” . APT Programs . Summer 2008. Archived from the originalon 24 July 2011 . Retrieved 15 November 2010 .
  18. Jump up^ Schäfer, Mirko Tobias (2011). Bastard Culture !: How User Participation Transforms Cultural Production . Amsterdam University Press . p. 213. ISBN  978-9089642561 .
  19. Jump up^ Keen, Andrew (April 22, 2008). “O’Reilly 3.0?” . The Great Seduction . Archived from the originalon 30 December 2010 . Retrieved 15 November 2010 .
  20. Jump up^ Leonhard, Gerd (8 April 2008). “Watch this Video: The Truth According To Wikipedia” . MediaFuturist . Archived from the original on 24 October 2015 . Retrieved 15 November 2010 .
  21. Jump up^ Carlson, Nicholas (April 11, 2008). “Experts vs. amateurs – the 90-second version” . Valleywag . Gawker Media . Archived from the original on 24 October 2015 . Retrieved 15 November 2010 .
  22. ^ Jump up to:b Downes, Stephen (April 10, 2008). “The Truth According To Wikipedia” . Stephen’s Web . Archived from the original on 6 July 2011 . Retrieved 15 November 2010 .

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