For the last few months the listserve of the American Musicological Society has been buzzing about Wikipedia. Many of those who post on the AMS-List are teachers who have noted, with some alarm, that Wikipedia has become the main source (or, often, the only source) for their students' essays. So there's been a fair bit of back-and-forthing about the what possible scholarly value collectively-written and -edited essays might have. While acknowledging the extreme lameness of some of the entries — for example, the entry on musicology, which it seems none of us have bothered to fix — I have to point out that there are things that Wikipedia does very well, namely, the discussion and analysis of extremely specific, not to say arcane, pop culture concepts. I give you the page on rock umlauts. I don't know whether the excellence of this entry is owed to one person or the postmodern anthill, but excellent it is. The sheer weight of examples, the careful consideration of gratuitous vs. non-gratuitous usage, the consideration of musical and extramusical sources — surely any scholar would look upon such an article with pride.