A world without Wikipedia – not such a bad idea.
Regular readers of the L.A. Daily Mirror know that I consider Wikipedia a sinkhole of mistakes and folklore that is created and maintained by “citizen scholars,” coding tweakers, crackpots and folks in tinfoil hats.
Beginning on Tuesday, in a multi-part series, I’m going to use one alleged incident as a way to explore Wikipedia’s fundamental problems and delve into the dubious source material on the alleged incident that was taken from a dreadful book about Hollywood.
We will find eight different Wikipedia entries on the same alleged “incident” – none of them are identical and some of them contradict one another – and we will discover that the book used as “source material” is not only filled with errors but contains malicious lies about people who are conveniently dead and unable to defend themselves. It’s the kind of source material that would be banned from any respectable encyclopedia but fits nicely with Wikipedia’s “citizen scholar” ethos.
Tune in Tuesday morning.