Wikileaks for Dummies

cartoon by Randy Bish in Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“What’s a wiki?” While I’m sure most of my highly informed readers would never ask such a question, (The answer, by the way, according to wikipedia is “a website that allows the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser using a simplified markup language or a WYSIWYG text editor.”) you might be scratching your belly over the whole wikileak episode.

The reason, I believe, so many of us are still bedraggled over the issue is that, while technically savvy and ultimately geeky, the champions of leaking classified U.S. government information have overlooked a critical medium for conveying information quickly and succinctly in American culture. No, not the internets. I’m referring of course to the Dummies book enterprise driven by Wiley Publishing.

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