Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Wikipedia in culture

Many parody Wikipedia's openness, with characters vandalizing or modifying articles. Still others feature characters using the references as a source, or positively comparing a character's intelligence to Wikipedia. Also, the encyclopedia many times is not used as an encyclopedia at all, but instead serves more as a character trait or even as a game. 

Wikipedia has also become culturally significant with many individuals seeing the presence of a Wikipedia entry as a status symbol. There is a soon-to-be-released documentary, Truth in Numbers: The Wikipedia Story, which is about Wikipedia, its history, and its impact on culture. Wikipedia is parodied at several websites, including Encyclopedia.

References to Wikipedia in culture have increased as more people learn about and use the online encyclopedia project. Wikipedia featured its own logo, in which the letters on the puzzle globe were replaced with MAD characters and the letters M A D. The article shown was on Lincoln's assassination.

In the American version of the video game Shin Megahit Tensed: Digital Devil Saga, Wikipedia is a selectable mantra, equip able by the game's characters to learn skills. However, it appears it was only a mistranslation made by the translators since the name is not present in the Japanese version.

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