Truth in Numbers?
January 23, 2022
Truth in Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia is a 2010 American documentary film exploring the history and cultural impact of Wikipedia, a user-editable online encyclopedia. This film tries to answer the question of whether only experts should be tasked with editing the encyclopedia or that everyone should do it too. This film explains the history and background of Wikipedia with comments from Wikipedia founders Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger. Several other commentators also appear in the film, such as The Washington Post editor Len Downie, CBS journalist Bob Schieffer, former Encyclopædia Britannica editor-in-chief Robert McHenry, and former Central Intelligence Agency director James Woolsey. The documentary also discusses incidents that had a negative impact on Wikipedia, including the Essjay controversy and the Wikipedia biography controversy. The idea for the documentary was based on suggestions from film producer Michael Ferris Gibson, maker of the film 24 Hours on Craigslist. Gibson contacted director Nic Hill, and financed his trip to follow Jimmy Wales around the world. Filming began in August 2006 during the 2006 Wikimania conference. Hill traveled to China, Indonesia, India, South Africa, Australia, and Europe to interview Wikipedia contributors. Scott Glosserman was also involved in the making of this film providing creative direction. The production team focused their work on addressing how Wikipedia presents reality. The film premiered at the 2010 Wikimania conference in Gdask in July 2010. Thereafter, it was screened at New York City's Television and Radio Museum in October 2010, and at the Savannah University of Art and Design's Trutees Theater as part of the Savannah Film Festival. on November 3, 2010. In Indonesia, the film was also screened at Pacific Place Jakarta on July 28, 2012 by Wikimedia Indonesia. Truth in Numbers? received positive reviews from writers Ted Leonsis on his blog, Daniel D'Addario for his review in the publication AOL Urlesque, and Carlos Serrano in his coverage of the Savannah Film Festival.