Man Bites Wikipedia

So here’s a surprise people amend their Wikipedia pages in a way that casts favourable light on their own reputation!   Am I the only coffee-drinker to stifle a yawn at all the pages of print that this revelation made this week?  Man bites dog and all that journalistic wisdom.  I would have been much more interested to find out who amends their entry in way that makes them look worse.  Surely there must be some reputation masochists out there and I for one would love to hear from you.  

 

Thinking on this is not this ability to reply, aggregate a view and let a democratic process determine the facts a defining element of 2.0.  In fact with the ability for American individuals and companies to reply to comments made about them in stories carried on google are we in fact entering a golden age of accountability?  As was once said about the second world war “From A Many Mangled Truth a War Is Won.”  Yet today it seems as if there is little that is not known or blogged on Iraq military operations.  In July allegedly the head of the army even felt obliged to give the Daily Telegraph context on the fact that British forces were over stretched.  Maybe we are all becoming reputation masochists after all?

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4 responses to “Man Bites Wikipedia

  1. The best way to get a Wikipedia entry changed if you think you’ve been misrepresented is to submit your comments to the editors rather than trying to change it on the sly yourself. I think.

    There are numerous examples of companies and individuals getting caught out for editing their own wikipedia profiles and those folks rarely come out on top in the story.

    Quite simply, if you try to address every piece of content online where you believe you’ve been misrepresented then your fighting a losing battle.

    OK, some situations can’t be ignored, when the conversation gets heated and Godwin’s Law takes affect, but far better to focus your efforts on hamming home your message to the audiences that matter. The rest will take care of itself.

    …so say I

  2. Jonathan

    Yeah but it is so much more fun knowing who sneaks around editing their Wiki … as some once sadi only the paranoid survive. I mena what do the CIA and the Labour party have to hide?

  3. Monica Sondhi

    …who amends their entry in way that makes them look worse? Someone who knows there is heroism in self depreciation. As much as the truth can be ugly – there is strength of character in someone who can be honest, at their own cost.

  4. Jonathan

    I agree … the ugly betty strategy

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