The Wiki Defense

... recently Landis has begun generating more nuanced press coverage. The change is largely the result of his Wiki Defense, in which he posted 370 pages of his test documents online in the hope of unearthing experts and explanations for the suspicious result. "Wiki" refers to the open editing systems best embodied by Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that relies on a wisdom-of-crowds approach to verifying the accuracy of its entries. Landis is the first ... Full Story »

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Dwight Rousu
2.8
by Dwight Rousu - Oct. 1, 2008

Interesting side excursion of a story on drug testing in bike racing.

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Dara Friedman-Wheeler
4.5
by Dara Friedman-Wheeler - Oct. 1, 2008

This is a really interesting look at a novel use of the internet. In addition, it gives the reader (and hopefully other journalists) pause to think about how willing we are as a society to blindly trust what we perceive to be "science," rather than subjecting scientific results to the very scrutiny the scientific process requires.

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Kaizar Campwala
4.1
by Kaizar Campwala - Oct. 1, 2008

A fascinating article about how Landis bypassed the traditional media cycle using a Wiki. Good sourcing, but could have used more examples of other, similar techniques.

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Ben Ross
4.5
by Ben Ross - Oct. 1, 2008

Story about learning...... and developing true skepticism. Talks to the inherent challenges of reporting. Well written and surprisingly humble. What would the Libby Wiki defense look like?

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Rory O'Connor
3.9
by Rory O'Connor - Oct. 1, 2008

Interesting on two fronts: first, the information about how screwy the suposedly infallible drug testing system is; second, about yet another novel use of the rapidly proliferating wiki program. And let's not forget, as the author concludes, "Landis’s Wiki defense cannot overcome the inherent shortcomings of journalism, namely that we tend to be generalists and susceptible to a pack mentality. But it can, it seems, help us–even force us–to do our jobs better."

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Christopher Chittleborough
4.8
by Christopher Chittleborough - Oct. 1, 2008

This excellent article gives useful insight on Floyd Landis's situation, his innovative use of new technology to defend himself _and_ systemic problems in the earlier media coverage of the controversy. Highly recommended.

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