"For a whole generation, it's part of the infrastructure of the world." Jimmy Wales on Wikipedia

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Fri, Jan 20th, 2012 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

Jenna Wortham of Bits interviews Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales to discuss the success of the anti-SOPA protest and the importance the famous online encyclopaedia has in people's lives. I particularly liked this part:

What did you think about kids complaining on Twitter that they couldn't do their homework? Do we take Wikipedia for granted?

Wikipedia is now 11 years old. If you are 15 or 16 years old, it's existed the entire time that you knew how to read. It's a go-to source. For a whole generation, it's part of the infrastructure of the world; they use it every day. They think of it as the same way we think about TV, cars and things that we grew up with our whole lives. Tech becomes ingrained in our lives -- it becomes part of the background.

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