How Wikipedia Destroyed Encyclopedia Britannica

About a month ago, I went a day without internet. Like the trooper I am, I powered through, writing a blog post anyway. The topic was, not surprisingly, how hard it is to do things without the internet.

In this post, I had a lot of fun at the expense of encyclopedias (If you do not know what an encyclopedia is, click here to learn before continuing). I mentioned that they were a medium of yesteryear and that anyone in the world with the internet had no reason to own encyclopedias. I also talked about how people had the terrible job of selling them door to door. This ruffled some feathers. Not actual feathers, I don’t believe, but figurative feathers were definitely ruffled.

People commented, letting me know that encyclopedias were still a valuable resource and that I was wrong to think that no one in their right mind would waste time with these books. I, naturally, made fun of these comments for weeks and weeks, laughing at those who still used encyclopedias.

“Ha ha ha!” I would say. “Encyclopedias are sooooo on their way out!”

Well, after 244 years of printing encyclopedias, Encyclopedia Britannica has announced they will no longer print. In short, Wikipedia won. That means I, in turn, have also won. Technology won out over these dinosaurs.

Further proof was provided by my friend Jen who was kind enough to send this infographic about Wikipedia’s superiority over. This is filled with real facts, something I would never spend time finding, so enjoy something mildly educational and informative:
See? Wikipedia is the best source of information ever in the history of the world. Encyclopedias are still excellent for making moving more challenging, though, so they’ll always have that.

17 thoughts on “How Wikipedia Destroyed Encyclopedia Britannica

  1. I will say that we have about 6 volumes of an old set of encyclopedia that make a great antique looking decoration on our mantle piece. I’m sure we found these at a book fair at the public library for one dollar.


  2. I have a really old volume of an encyclopaedia. It belonged to my Great Grandmother. I loved looking through it when I was little. My lasting memory is of a girl in Victorian dress standing under a massive leafed plant and some pictures of some massive Amazonian water lily type things.

    Thanks for reviving that memory. The old dusty tome is now somewhere in the back of the attic! (Unlike Wiki and Google who are forever present in my laptop!)

    Must go and Google massive leafed plants now to see if I can find out what it was! (Definitely not venturing into aforementioned dusty attic!).


  3. A few volumes of Britannica makes a better booster seat for visiting toddlers – another point!

    PS, Nate: click whatever box when you put your hyperlinks in so a new page opens when visitors click it. That way we can read a reference, go deep into it if we want, and still get back to you easily!


  4. But if we don’t have print encyclopedias, what will we use to kill those giant spiders that seem to pop up while researching things? I don’t want spider guts on my computer. (Though, now that I think about it, those spiders only seem to come around when using the giant encyclopedia.)


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