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PostWikipedia /Alain de Benoist) (John Eipper, USA, 12/26/05 6:48 am)
Alaim de Benoist writes; What about this? Wikipedia founder shot dead .... according to Wikipedia.http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/12/17/ jimmy_wales_shot_dead_says_wikipedia/
Wikipedia founder 'shot by friend of Siegenthaler' World mourns Lazarus for the Web 2.0 generation By Andrew Orlowski in San Francisco
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has been shot dead, according to Wikipedia, the online, up-to-the-minute encyclopedia. Apparently, the assassin was a "friend" of the victim of a recent controversy which ironically, smeared former Robert F Kennedy aid John Seigenthaler as a suspect in the assassination of both Kennedy brothers. That claim, which the site carried for several months, along with the assertion that Seigenthaler had lived in Russia, was eventually proved false.
"At 18:54 EST on December 12, John Seigenthaler's wife, who was infuriated at Wikipedia regarding the recent scandal regarding his role in the Kennedy Assassination, came into the house, where Jim was having dinner. Wearing a mask, he [sic] shot him three times in the head and ran," reported the online reference source. The free-for-all, write-it-yourself website prides itself on its fact checking. Wales made his fortune in bond trading before setting up the Bomis pornography ring. A long time devotee of Ayn Rand, Wales recently criticized the decision to grant federal funds to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, according to reports on a web discussion board.
Wales I Duce: Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales. With co-founder Larry Sanger, who has since left the project, he helped kick-start the project just as the dot com boom was collapsing, and now he's the public face of Wikipedia. Before his "death", Jimmy Wales had become a familiar sight on cable TV news, usually vowing to "tighten up" the project's editing processes in response to the public scandal that had broken that week. is death will be mourned by many across the internet. The news of the "shooting" even made the venerable London Times, yesterday. The Times noted that after the first Seigenthaler scandal broke, the now "deceased" Jimmy Wales had, as he has so often, promised to tighten up a few nuts and bolts in the "encyclopedia's" editorial processes. He certainly had his work cut out.
"A cursory search today suggested that these procedures - which require contributors to register basic details before posting articles - were being defeated by a relentless wave of vandals, apparently co-ordinating their assaults from a series of chatrooms dedicated to its demise." "The loss of credibility has caused commentators to question whether Wikipedia is destined to follow the LA Times's doomed experiment in unrestricted internet comment, Wikitorial, which had to be closed down after just two days under a ombardment of pornographic postings." Is nothing sacred?
So is Wikipedia a source of reference, or just a great big game? Speaking to The Register last month, former Britannica editor Bob McHenry charictarized Wikipedia as a game, one of many multiplayer shoot-em-up games that have been made popular by the spread of networked computers. "It's got the public playing the encyclopedia game," he told us recently. "It's also like playing a game in the sense that playing it has no consequences. If something goes wrong, you just restart. No problem!" he said. For the record, The Register must note that the ubermeister of Wikipedia appears to be alive and well. The "news" of his death consisted of a random edit to his own, particularly fulsome entry on the encyclopedia he helped create.
RH: I showed this to Queen Victoria. She said "I am not amused". People and things should be given an overall assessment, Just singling out one flaw is not fair and therefore un-British. My beloved husband Albert was as close to perfection as humans come, but some nasty people poked fun at his German accent. I have checked the article on me, and it is accurate and fair. You know, the trouble is that businessmen want to make money, and, since Wikipedia appears in many languages, the publishers who make money from encyclopedias are all going to gang up on Wikipedia. Moreover, the world being full of copycats, it will become a favorite joke to plant phony articles in Wikipedia, thus destroying it. The perpetrators of such jokes are not gentlemen, and I would never think of inviting them to Osborne House. You Americans say "There's no such thing as a free lunch". Soon there may be no such thing as a free encyclopedia-
Plan to attend the WAIS conference on "Critical Issues of Today" at Stanford July 31-August 1, 2006. It will be a rare opportunity to meet other WAISers. Tell interested friends.