Wikipedia Hoax May 17, 2009Posted by Dwight Furrow in Current Events, Dwight Furrow's Posts.
A sociology student placed a fake quote on Wikipedia. That is not a surprise. Anyone can update articles on Wikipedia. Any serious use of Wikipedia requires independent fact-checking.
The problem is the false information was repeated in a variety of newspapers across the country, according a Dublin News Service.
Shane Fitzgerald, a student at Ireland’s University College Dublin, added the false information to the Wikipedia entry for Maurice Jarre, a recently deceased Oscar-winning composer, just to see how far the information would spread.
“I didn’t expect it to go that far. I expected it to be in blogs and sites, but on mainstream quality papers? I was very surprised about,” he said.
Traditional journalism is in trouble as newspapers across the country are going out of business. The argument for lamenting the demise of newspapers is that their reporters can do research that the rest of us cannot do.
But anyone can look up information on Wikipedia. It kinda undermines their argument.