Politics

Jul 30, 2008

Keane: This Wiki sh-t is really Whack

The notion of a user-edited source of knowledge simply excites the vandal in me. And that's why I got wacky with politicians' Wiki. Bernard Keane explains.

Last week The SMH recounted how a Parliament House IP address was behind numerous edits to the Wikipedia entries for Australian politicians, suggesting MPs and their staff were amending the entries. The relevant address shows a long list this year of edits to entries of current and former politicians — not to mention a range of other, non-political topics.

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  1. Dave Liberts

    My personal fave wiki vandalism was sparked by Tony Martin’s now-defunct Get This radio program. Check out the history of Karl Stefanovic’s wiki page and see how many deleted references to Karl actually being a robot there are. When Wiki got smart and blocked edits to his page, the Get This vandals got smarter and started including Karl Stefanovic references on C3PO’s wiki page instead.

  2. Boniface VIII

    I’m impressed that the following has survived for at least a couple of years:

    “(Showing how cultural attitudes have changed since the 14th century, the usurers’ ring was shared only by the blasphemers and sodomites.)” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usury

    I’m impressed very, very easily, of course.

  3. Paul Hodgson

    Bernard, This was a great piece of journalism: perceptive, witty, creative, anarchical and satirical. It came in the same issue of crikey as a lugubrious and sad spray from your predecessor Christian Kerr who appears to have succumbed to the neuro-degenerative disease that has been infecting mostly everyone in News Corp for a while.

    As it happens, I think wikipedia is an extraordinarily useful endeavour and I hope it survives and flourishes. But good luck to you nevertheless.

  4. Luke Buckmaster

    Very funny stuff Bernard. Last year I also decided to mount my own Wikipedia test, and added myself as a band member of Guns N Roses (vocals and harpsichord). It lasted almost 25 minutes.

  5. Classified

    LAugh!… thats very, very funny dude

    well done

  6. Richard Laidlaw

    Nice one, Bernard. Really Wiki’ed.

  7. Boniface VIII

    I’m impressed that the following has survived for at least a couple of years:

    “In The Divine Comedy Dante places the usurers in the inner ring of the seventh circle of hell, below even suicides. (Showing how cultural attitudes have changed since the 14th century, the usurers’ ring was shared only by the blasphemers and sodomites.)” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usury

    I’m impressed very, very easily, of course.

  8. Peter Wood

    Bernard, wiki-admins like citations – if you put supporting evidence for your claim on the web somewhere, then cite that in the wikipedia article, I can guarantee that they will last much longer!

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