The Whole Earth Cataloge for the digital age….kind of…
About two years ago, someone gave me a heads up that I had an entry in the Wikipedia under my name.
Well that was nice, and a certain sign of recognition in the digital age. The entry had been posted by someone in Europe, which was a kind gesture. Over time, there were a few additions to it, and I had pretty much forgotten it was there.
Then, about three or four months ago, I was doing an interview with an American magazine, and asked if it was true that I called myself ‘the VJ idiot’. I asked where they had gotten that from, and they told me it was in my entry in Wikipedia.
I went to Wikipedia, and I was astonished to read that I was listed at “the Jewish TV producer” and “Obama supporter”, among other things. Well, these are both true, but not particularly germane to what I do. There were other perjoratives as well.
I went in and corrected the entry, and no sooner had I done this than other changes, far worse, were place on the site.
Look, anti Semitic comments and email are nothing new for me. Not since I was listed on jewwatch.com years ago. Here’s an example of what comes in the mail. This from some mental case in Chicago:
Your rabbi? It’s bad enough you’re a jew, now you want to throw your dirty religion down our throats by posting this crap all over your front page?
Shouldn’t you be out somewhere teaching companies how to slash their operating costs by firing the Cameraman, Editors, FP’s and the like? I mean come on, any copywriter can shoot and edit amazing stories with just 4 days of your shitty schooling. What is happening at KRON? What about DC? Hummm, the BBC isn’t too pleased either from what I hear. And now we hear rumors that the GAO is starting another investigation.
When will you stop?
When it comes to my own emails or blog, I could care less, but when it comes to Wikipedia, its vandalism.
And it was becoming a daily event.
That’s where someone named Andy Mabbett comes in.
He is one of a small corps of highly dedicated yet unpaid web professionals who spend their time making sure that places like Wikipedia are kept in shape.
Now I don’t know Andy Mabbett, and I have never spoken to him, but he found the vandalism and cleaned it up, time after time after time.
Other people came in an peeled away paragraph after paragraph as they were vandalized. I am not supposed to deal with my own entry, and things I put in were removed as well.
Today, my entry is reduced to a line or two, but at least it’s accurate, and as I understand, protected from vandalism – at least for a while.
The world is filled with sick f***ers, and there is nothing I can do about that. But at least people like Andy Mabbett are there as well.