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How Smart Is Genius?
Information Today - Medford
Subjects: United States; Telecommunications systems & Internet communications
Author: O'Leary, Nick
Date: Dec 2015
Start Page: 16
Pages: 2
Abstract (Document Summary)

Genius, the "song lyric annotation site, lacks neither self-regard nor ambition. It describes itself as the "world's largest public knowledge project," wants to "annotate the world," and expects to be bigger than Wikipedia or Facebook. Genius is, at least, off to a good start toward achieving these lofty goals. Rap Genius was founded by three friends, all Yale graduates, who shared a fondness for rap music. Although run basically as a hobby, it attracted contributors and the attention of the rap community. The easiest way to understand Genius is to think of it as a Wikipedia for annotating music lyrics. Genius' critical annotations are highly uneven, but its explanatory annotations are highly useful. Genius' annotators, unsurprisingly, vary greatly in their knowledge and critical skills. Genius' successive expansions all seem to take hold, even while having a lot of seemingly obscure or narrow-interest content. But, similar to Wikipedia, it's not about the audience; it's about the authors.

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