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Re: [ARSCLIST] Whacky-Packia outed for what it is -- Amateur Hour in Siberia
THERE HAS BEEN A WHOLE HISTORY OF IMPOSTERS.
THE CHAP WHO DRESSED UP AS A BRITISH ADMIRAL IN 1914 AND TOOK OVER A
BRITISH WARSHIP IN ZANZIBAR WAS ONE OF THE BEST EXAMPLES.
THERE ARE LOTS OF PEOPLE WITH PSEUDO SUPPOSED QUALIFICATIONS IN THE
MEDICAL PROFESSION WORLDWIDE.
I FIND THE ENCYCLOPEDIA INFO INTERESTING FOR OBSCURE FORGOTTEN STARS
OF THE MUSIC WORLD 80 TO 100 YEARS AGO LIKE BILLY MURRAY SO I LAP UP
HOWEVER SOMETIMES THEY GIVE OVERKILL AND TOO MUCH TRIVIA SUCH AS THE
ARTICLES ON THE WIZARD OF OZ OR TO AN EXTENT ERNIE KOVAKS !
NIGEL IN THE SEYCHELLES.NOW I WONDER IF WE CAN TEST THIS IMPOSTER TO
ASK HIM TO PLACE SEYCHELLES ON A BLANK WORLD MAP !
On 3/21/07, Tom Fine <tflists@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
although that might be too much of an insult to Siberian amateurs!
of particular note:
"So imagine Keen's delight in learning about an adjustment to last summer's
New Yorker article about
Wikipedia. The article's author prominently cited a person identified as
"Essjay," described as "a
tenured professor of religion ... who holds a Phd in theology and a degree
in canon law." Essjay had
contributed to more than 16,000 Wikipedia entries, and often invoked his
credentials to argue for
changes in various articles. But as The New Yorker abashedly informed its
readers some months after
the story appeared, Essjay was not a religion professor but a 24-year-old
college dropout. What's
more, Wikipedia's cofounder Jimmy Wales said, "I don't really have a problem
with it." (Wales
subsequently recognized that fraudulent misrepresentation is not a great
idea, and removed Essjay
from his position of trust at Wikipedia.)"
I thought that New Yorker article was far too sympathetic to the "army of
Hey, call it arrogant or elitist or whatever, but REAL knowledge is not
something that just flows
off the top of your head. People who are really expert in any field ARE
elite and are so because
they have invested great amounts of time and effort into becoming expert.
Just because "anyone can
publish" or "anyone can be a star" in today's idiotic Internet universe
doesn't mean most of that
material has any validity or is anything more than media pollution. This
"everyone should express
themselves" culture creates a haze of noise that masks real facts and real
knowledge and is
destroying the notion of truth in our society. The erosion of civility and
follows the eroision of truth and facts is obvious and on-going.
One man's opinion, etc. I think Steve Levy's conclusions are too optimistic,
BTW, and lean more
toward Keen's thinking. Posted on this forum because I believe one of the
great services of proper
archiving is storing and preserving factual knowledge and cultural
-- Tom Fine