writes "A new study by sociologists studying social networking has determined that Wikipedia is not an intellectual project based on mutual collaboration, but a war zone. The study finds that although the content does end up being accurate as a rule, it's anything but neutral or unbiased. The study includes extensive data on access and editing patterns of users related to major events, such as the death of Michael Jackson and the edit storms that ensued."
The article explains that the research (here's the paper at PLoS One
) looked in particular at controversial entries, not ones about obscure duck-hunting equipment or long-settled standards.