December 9, 2009

Wiki This

Have you ever seen that movie Office Space? It's cool. I like it. And until ten minutes ago, I couldn't have told you the name of the guy who starred in it. And if you'd shown me his picture, I might have paused, tilted my head and wondered a)if I'd dated him from the roller rink 30 years ago b)wondered if he'd made it to the top 20 in American Idol in season two, or c)been my T.A. at Mac in my sociology class.

He's got that kind of face.

But now I know who he is. He's the guy suing Wikipedia for libel. It seems someone keeps going into the entry for him and editing it to say he's gay. He's married. To a woman. So he's taking this extracurricular editing a little hard. I say he's an idiot. Now I remember who he is.

And this kids, is why I won't let the boys use Wikipedia as a source. It's so easy to muck with, if I had an entry I could award myself literary awards, newspaper awards, Oscars, Emmys, Tonys (though I can't sing - but hey! It's Wikipedia!), degrees I never earned and attribute quotes to myself that I never said. My god - I could have a fabulous career in WikipediaWorld.

But you just know what would really happen. I would list a line or two of the truth, in all its boring glory. And then one of my sisters would go in an add that I peed myself on the front step of a lady's house when I was selling Girl Guide cookies when I was 7. I was a Brownie. We wore these really, really thick brown leotards. I had to go so badly and I was too shy to ask the lady and it was the last house and I thought I could make it. I couldn't.

And that is why I don't have a Wikipedia entry. It's not even evil strangers I worry about. It's the people who pretend to love me.

What is the last thing you'd want hacked into your Wiki listing?


Anonymous jmd said...

That Livingstone guy also starred in the short-lived Defying Gravity, which was apparently about a bunch of astronauts bonking each other is space. Probably taking advantage of that whole weightlessness thing.

As for Wiki, my life is so dull that any far out comments made by hackers could only be an improvement.

December 09, 2009 11:16 AM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

That I check this blog daily because I do not 'trust' my RSS feed...

December 09, 2009 12:17 PM  
Blogger Webgod Jeff said...

And as if on cue, I'm here to butt heads with Lorraine and come to the aid of Wikipedia. Studies show it's as accurate as Britannica. Google it.

Yes anyone can edit anything at will but here's the catch - an entry on Wikipedia is viewed and/or watched by numerous people at any given time, especially if they have a particular interest in the subject. The result is any vandalism or 'graffiti' is quickly deleted or reverted. Plus valid information should include citations revealing the source.

A subject virtually unknown, say..Lorraine Sommerfeld, would have less people watching it, but also less people vandalizing it, except for the original blonde, upside mouse, lying author.

Should Wikipedia be used as your only source of information? Of course not, but let's not discredit it as an online tool.

The last thing I'd want hacked in? Defending Wikipedia.

December 09, 2009 2:24 PM  
Anonymous buzwhack said...

I have been so disappointed that people rely on Wikipedia for information. I've seen articles I wrote for real magazines stolen and inserted in wiki articles with and without credit to me, I've seen falsehoods, fabrications, rumors and speculation pass for information. Strictly from the there's one born every minute school of "online journalism."

December 09, 2009 2:25 PM  
Blogger Webgod Jeff said...

And adding the tidbit of delight involving you shyly peeing yourself on the porch of some unsuspecting lady's house wouldn't make your Wikipedia entry any less factual, just less respectful of things we don't need to know.

December 09, 2009 2:47 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Jeff, our Christmas party is looking less and less....likely....every minute.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to create a Wikipedia definition for 'Webgod Jeff'.

December 09, 2009 4:03 PM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

Not to worry, WGJ... she'll be asking you how to do it shortly!

December 09, 2009 5:44 PM  

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