My dearest wiki,
I would like to credit you for all the childhood injuries you stopped when I was 11 and those that you are still lovingly preventing at 21.
Our first hits always turned up a wealth of information on our research topics, written by our middle school peers and their teachers. Nothing quite cleared up what exactly the estates-general were like a 7th grader’s analysis of the French Revolution. We grew to love geocities.
But our fascination would fade. Once we learned what bibliographies were, our teacher’s taught us the difference between credible and non-credible sources, meaning no more personal websites.
But that quiet 6th grade year, something else happened. You walked into our lives, keeping us from returning to dusty shelves where those heavy, outdated encyclopedias lie. With all your subjects and embedded links to topics within the article, we looked to the future with newfound hope.
Sure enough, one day, our teachers told us that you too weren’t credible, but we knew not to believe them this time. As high school masters of the MLA bibliography, we were smart enough to figure out to use the websites at the bottom of each page to find the “so-called” credible sources we were taught to use.
And our relationship grew and prospered. I thought we could get no closer after you became a primary text in my college sophomore government tutorial, but then, wiki, I came to Spain.
And here, I wiki all subjects discussed in every one of my classes– in English and Spanish. Here, it’s just you and me, spending long nights chasing new links, trying to figure out how the Habsburgs fell from power and when the Korean War started.
So wiki, as I preceed to finals, stick close by. We still have many a-hour to get through together.
In the spirit of full disclosure, wiki, just so you don’t get the wrong idea, please know I’m not ready to get serious. See, I graduate in a year in a half, and then I’ll be free to choose whatever books I want to read without repercussions of not having learned whatever prescribed texts my professors saw fit to throw my way.
It will be a lot less “When did the Spanish-American War start?” and a lot more ” What was the long term economic effect of foreign policy at the turn of the twentieth century in relation to President McKinley?” So let’s just make the most of the time we have left, ok?