The ubiquitous encyclopedia is "well on its way to becoming the first casualty in the end of print."
The NY Times writes that Wikipedia and the Internets in general have eaten into the Encyclopedia Britannica to the point where there are no more door to door salesman (so it's not all bad) and it's all online, vetted and free at least in Germany. Bookhaus, Germany's largest multi-volume outfit hopes to generate revenue by selling ad space.
Damned if I know where it ended up, but my grandparents had a twenty odd volume of a Britannica knock off and I disappeared for hours with it every time I got over there. That kind of exploratory reading is just less likely to happen online when you're young, and if I'm wrong I'd love to hear it. I just don't think I am.
As for Wikipedia-like outfits,
"The superabundance of less-than-prized information on the site has led to a phenomenon called “wiki-groaning,” which involves comparing the length of seemingly disparate articles to humorous effect. Lightsaber Combat beats out Modern Warfare, for example, and John Locke, the character from the TV show “Lost,” edges out the other John Locke, whoever he was."
I have the sense sometimes that any country who wanted to take over America needn't do anything except sit back and let them be for another few years.
Posted by Dave