Sunday, 16 March 2008
Mr Wikipedia Jimmy Wales Turns Out To Be a Jerk
I was reading The Age today and have learned about Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales accused of an expense rort. The founder of Wikipedia has for a long time been asking for money, claiming that donations need to keep flooding in so that knowledge can be democratized for all, not just the intellectual elites who lock up their peer-review journals with membership fees. Such idealism turned out too good to be true. Jimmy Wales has been accused of using donated funds to buy extravagant things like expensive wine. Was he idealistic and altruistic to begin with before the money corrupted him or was he just corrupt to begin with?