According to the experience of thousands of Australian students, Google might just be changing history.
Back in the day it was my revisionist politics professors who took the blame for rewriting history, especially in early 1990s South Africa. At least their intentions were honourable and they were mindful of what they were doing (that’s not to say everyone agreed with them).
Nowadays, however, it seems that it is possible to change history accidentally, carelessly, maliciously or just for fun. We’re told by the poster child of crowdsourced information, Wikipedia, that the system has the ability to heal itself and, to be fair, their track record with winkling out hoaxes is not too bad and they are very open about the ones they have missed. But as open as Wikipedia is, it does have an army of vigilant and proactive volunteers policing the site – as anyone who has tried to add a Wikipedia page will know.
What happens in the wild open information wilderness of Google, however? As mentioned, in the case of a recent Australian exam paper, Google really can rewrite history. To demonstrate, a quick game of spot the difference....
[Provocative post and very thoughtful reading ~ Jeff]