James Gleick, former New York Times reporter and a best-selling author, wrote a fascinating article about Wikipedia and a convention in Egypt in Alexandria, once home of the famous library.
Well worth reading: "Wikipedians Leave Cyberspace,Meet in Egypt: In Alexandria, 650 Devotees Bemoan Vandals, Debate Rules; Deletionists vs. Inclusionists."
Gleick does a terrific job of describing the issues facing the 21st century "Library of Babel."
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