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Nature magazine, Wikipedia and EB

Seems like there is a bit of a spat going on about the nature of Nature's 'science' with regard to comparing knowledge sources.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/03/25/britannica_wikipedia_nature/

The Register article may well be less than definitive but it does make one think.

Are all the more recognisable 'institutions' of the science/public interface being taken over by people with a particular axe to grind?

If so, how has this come to pass?

Grant