The Last Chapter in the Wikipedia Tale?

So we now know who was behind the Wikipedia Seigenthaler entry : the prankster has confessed.

It started as a joke and ended up as a shot heard round the Internet, with the joker quitting his job and Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, suffering a blow to its credibility. A man in Nashville, Tenn., has admitted that, in trying to shock a colleague with a joke, he put false information into a Wikipedia entry about John Seigenthaler Sr., a former editor of The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville.

Brian Chase, 38, who until Friday was an operations manager at a small delivery company, told Seigenthaler he had written the material suggesting Seigenthaler had been involved in the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy. Seigenthaler discovered the false entry only recently and wrote about it in an op-ed article in USA Today, saying he was especially annoyed that he could not track down the perpetrator because of Internet privacy laws.

Ah, well. Next question: How many other similar entries are there?

11. December 2005 by jeremy
Categories: Internet life, Productivity | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 comments

Comments (5)

  1. I still don’t get why this is a big deal. Wikipedia was never meant to be an authoratative source of information. And to those people who say that its slander/libel, I would say that there’s hundreds more websites that say worse.

    Wikipedia’s become nothing more than a scapegoat in the whole old media vs. blogging/new media fight. It’s sad, really.

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  3. i’m inclined to agree with akshay. so many articles went out on the topic of wikipedias inacuracy, taking into account one false artical only, and not at all any of the articals that are written by docters, scientests, and lawyers. it was a classic case that the older society (perhaps old fashoned) of journalsts would narrow their reasearch to what they’ve heard their peers complain about instead of having the journalistic sense to consider all facts (or even read the wikipedias FAQ) in thinking about this, the internet is a thret to paied news sources, its faster, and its free, and it covers a wider scope of information. something paper, television and radiowaves simply can’t do.

    if you regect this as a moderator, consiter this line of thought, it may be profitibal to start reporting on the information rights that are being taken away from us, its the biggest crime of our times, and the older generations don’t worry about it because its in issue thats not set in their ways.

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