There was a time before the internet. Thankfully that time is now over (for the global elite anyway).
I was reading an article praising Wikipedia in the Economist and encountered the following thought provoking comment by the reader No Mist:
is there any alternative to WP ? as such WP is the single most valuable human creation on planet. it is indispensable … so much so that internet loses 90% of its importance if ever WP vanishes from the cyberworld.
And this from Lear21:
The hidden success of Wikipedia is the most underreported story of this decade. Forget Facebook, myspace, ebay and amazon. It is Wikipedia which enables mankind to use the internet in a noble manner.
I suggest that Mr. Jimmy Wales should be a candidate for either the Literature or Noble Peace Prize.
This got me thinking. While I definitely use gmail, google and facebook very often, these are services/resources that are more easily replaceable (despite their inferiority, the Yahoo! and bing search engines seem capable of doing a lot of the same basic searches that Google does, etc). As No Mist and Lear21 suggest, Wikipedia really does seem like a noble and incredible human achievement.
Anyway, this brings us to the second Kabcity Poll:
I have decided to ignore the thorny path of defining words like “better”, “greater than”, or “more important than” by using “>”. Please vote!