Encarta will soon be euthanized by Microsoft
April 14th, 2009

The Wired Campus reports today the imminent end of Encarta, the “onetime encyclopedia-of-the-future . . . which for all intents and purposes, Wikipedia had fatally shivved some time ago.” The report rounds up several opinions on the passing of Encarta. I like this one especially, that does not see the demise as bad news:

Christopher Dawson of ZDNet certainly doesn’t think so. The demise of the encyclopedia, he argues, should simply galvanize educators into teaching the research skills students need to wade through “brutally powerful knowledge sources” like Wikipedia and Google. “The encyclopedia is dead,” Mr. Dawson writes. “Long live critical thinking.”


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