Years of working in morning radio made me aware of the planning required to execute an April Fools’ Day prank. As a result, I’m overly suspicious of stories in late March that sound too good to be true. I’ve been wrong in the past, when a news story that sounded like a hoax turned out to be true.
Nevertheless, I found it difficult to believe that PediaPress is really planning to print all the articles on Wikipedia. I heard the story on NPR this morning. They plan to display the approximately 1,000 volumes in London this summer. In effect, it’s an art project designed to visually show the amount of material on Wikipedia.
Of course the printed version of Wikipedia will be obsolete right away. The beauty of the site is that it is constantly updated. Perhaps a more effective visual display of Wikipedia could consist of hundreds of computer screens scrolling thousands of articles.