Times executives believed that publicity would raise Mr. RohdeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s value to his captors as a bargaining chip and reduce his chance of survival. Persuading another publication or a broadcaster not to report the kidnapping usually meant just a phone call from one editor to another, said Bill Keller, executive editor of The Times.
But Wikipedia, which operates under the philosophy that anyone can be an editor, and that all information should be public, is a vastly different world.
A dozen times, user-editors posted word of the kidnapping on WikipediaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s page on Mr. Rohde, only to have it erased. Several times the page was frozen, preventing further editing Ã¢â‚¬â€ a convoluted game of cat-and-mouse that clearly angered the people who were trying to spread the information of the kidnapping.
Even so, details of his capture cropped up time and again, however briefly, showing how difficult it is to keep anything off the Internet Ã¢â‚¬â€ even a sentence or two about a person who is not especially famous.
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As you can see from our elementary attempt at Photoshop artistry, Google News today began linking to Wikipedia Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a move search expert Michael Gray has called Ã¢â‚¬Å“incredibly horrible.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Since its launch in 2002, GoogleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s news aggregator has maintained high standards for its Ã¢â‚¬Å“feederÃ¢â‚¬Â outlets. Most articles on the site come from established papers such as The Christian Science Monitor, wire services such as the Associated Press, or news sites such as Channel Web; there is also room for input from a coterie of blogs and online forums.
The inclusion of Wikipedia seems to indicate that Google tacitly views the encyclopedia as an equally reputable news source. But Wikipedia is an open-source encyclopedia, which means that each article is subject to editing by a community. The process has been the subject of controversy before, and it will probably be the subject of controversy again.
Should Wikipedia be elevated to the same plane, say, as The New York Times?
For my latest piece for PBS’s MediaShift, I profile the “performance art” project Wikipedia Art, which started out as a self-referential meta Wikipedia article but was quickly deleted and referred to by many elite Wikipedians as nothing but self-promotional Wikipedia vandalism.
First there was Wikipedia. Then there was Wikileaks. Now there is Wikihistory, a wiki for time travelers.
Here are some media-related links for your perusal:
1. I’m posting this one just for the headline: Gay Porn Twins Arrested for Robbery Spree
2. Here’s a brilliant smack-down of Ben Stein’s silly documentary arguing against evolution. The best part is the retelling of how the movie reviewer was invited to the screening and then showed up after they tried to take away his invitation.
3. Well, I was as surprised as any to see that Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales was dating the Canadian hot female version of Godhatesfags leader Fred Phelps. But before I even got a chance to post about it, they broke up and their online cyber sex leaked onto the internets.
4. Amazon was among the first to create a “if you bought this item you might also like this item” feature. Netflix has taken it to a whole new level by creating a contest with a million dollar prize for the person or team that improves its recommendation system by 10%. Though many of those in the lead are mathematicians, a retired psychologist may take home the prize.
5. Apparently the title “Washington Post Media Critic” is a code phrase that means right-wing blogger.
6. You know you’ve read one of these NY Times articles. The journalist points out a “growing trend” that you didn’t know existed. Sometimes it just gets ridiculous.
And then finally, posted without comment: