Final waltz or Final laugh?

Reminder to all who use Wikipedia for reference.

A recent 'hoax' by an Irish student resulted in national newspapers (including the Guardian) using quotes from the Wikipedia article in relation to the the death of the composer Maurice Jarre, which were quite simply ' made up '.

The student expected some blog posts and online entries to use information from the online encyclopedia, but was surprised to see many nationals using quotes in the obituary for the french composer.

Previously I touched on this subject, again with an obituary for Anna Nicole Smith being edited by users, albeit this time with their own personal opinions of the Starlet. It again highlights the need for verification and cross reference when relying on the wisdom of the crowd.

"If we relied of consensus and the wisdom of the crowd, the world would be flat and we would be the centre of the solar system"

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1 comment:

Mark Taylor said...

Nicely put...