Computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and author Jaron Lanier (creator of the term "virtual reality") wrote an extensive essay for The Edge intellectual magazine, titled "Digital Maoism: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism".
In the essay, Lanier discusses the perils of trusting the idea of "the new online collectivism" (as embodied by Wikipedia) too much, or too soon. The prologue reads:
It includes some ideas on how to turn collective thinking to our advantage, rather than trusting it blindly, and concludes:
The article gained wider exposure through The Huffington Post (Ariana Huffington's blog), which was then picked up by Yahoo News. The post there ("The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism") led to some lively discussion in the comment section, and in various other blogs, including entries from Larry Sanger ("On some alleged hazards of “online collectivism”") and Howard Rheingold ("Collective Action is not Collectivism").
A California Court of Appeals has used definitions drawn from Wikipedia in an opinion for the case "Apple v. Doe" (PDF document).
Knox College, an Illinois liberal arts college, presented Wales with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at their 2006 commencement ceremony, held on 3 June. At the ceremony, former diplomat and human trafficking opponent Shirley E. Barnes and comedian Stephen Colbert also received honorary degrees.
On 30 May, The Oklahoma Daily (student newspaper for the University of Oklahoma) reported in the article "Plagiarism charges laid against students" that sixteen students in a history of science class had been charged with plagiarism. According to professor Katherine Tredwell, many of the students had copied entire essays from Wikipedia for their final exams.
Australian broadsheet The Age republished an article by Andrew Orlowski originally published in the U.K.'s The Guardian. Orlowski talked with "Skip", a Wikipedia administrator and member of critic's forum Wikitruth in "Knowledge down the Googler".
Several recently launched projects have been compared to Wikipedia, using increasingly common language:
Wall Street Journal columnist Jeremy Wagstaff lists more at in his LOOSE wire blog, in The New Cliche: "It's the Wikipedia of...".
Also, more press releases, news articles, and blogs are reporting their subject having "an article of its own in Wikipedia" as a newsworthy fact in and of itself (, ). Similarly, mention of relevant vandalism of a given article is starting to appear in occasional news articles as well ().
Malaysian newspaper The Malay Mail included "The enlightened encyclopaedia", a positive article which touches on the multiple languages in the Wikipedia site, other Wikimedia projects, and the "anti-elitism" problem.
The Seattle Times published a thoughtful examination of Wikipedia in "Wikipedia can be useful tool". Its only error was the notion that "New articles [...] are first posted for preliminary review before publishing in the encyclopedia where anyone can edit them."