About a month ago, I went a day without internet. Like the trooper I am, I powered through, writing a blog post anyway. The topic was, not surprisingly, how hard it is to do things without the internet.
In this post, I had a lot of fun at the expense of encyclopedias (If you do not know what an encyclopedia is, click here to learn before continuing). I mentioned that they were a medium of yesteryear and that anyone in the world with the internet had no reason to own encyclopedias. I also talked about how people had the terrible job of selling them door to door. This ruffled some feathers. Not actual feathers, I don’t believe, but figurative feathers were definitely ruffled.
People commented, letting me know that encyclopedias were still a valuable resource and that I was wrong to think that no one in their right mind would waste time with these books. I, naturally, made fun of these comments for weeks and weeks, laughing at those who still used encyclopedias.
“Ha ha ha!” I would say. “Encyclopedias are sooooo on their way out!”
Well, after 244 years of printing encyclopedias, Encyclopedia Britannica has announced they will no longer print. In short, Wikipedia won. That means I, in turn, have also won. Technology won out over these dinosaurs.
Further proof was provided by my friend Jen who was kind enough to send this infographic about Wikipedia’s superiority over. This is filled with real facts, something I would never spend time finding, so enjoy something mildly educational and informative:
See? Wikipedia is the best source of information ever in the history of the world. Encyclopedias are still excellent for making moving more challenging, though, so they’ll always have that.
- A New Era in Research: Embracing Wikipedia…RIP Encyclopedia Britannica Print Edition (adaptivelearnin.wordpress.com)
- Why Encyclopedia Britannica mattered – CNN.com (digitalliteracynh.wordpress.com)
- Britannica Vs. Wikipedia (nupurc.wordpress.com)
- Goodbye Encyclopedia Britannica (rickbranek.wordpress.com)