Not only the world’s largest text-based MMO, Wikipedia is a staple of the Internet user’s information diet. Because of this, Wikipedia is also laden with manipulation, forgery, and the downright unscrupulous. In a never before seen presentation, Virgil will mine deep into the bowels of Wikipedia to unearth nefarious deeds whose perpetrators never thought would see the light of day. New software will be released at this talk. If you liked WikiScanner, you will like this more.
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We have some exciting news: your favorite tumblr assemblage of crappy wikipedia prose is now a podcast! That’s right, the Citation Needed Podcast debuts today!
Since we rarely offer up commentary on the entries we post here, (preferring that they stand alone like the fine works of art they are), this podcast will give us the chance to expand upon some of the more ridiculous ones. Skits, discussions, songs, treatises, rants - anything is possible.
In episode 1, you’ll find a hapless screenwriter pitching a movie based on its wikipedia plot summary, a cat owner who would be a lot better off if he had read the entry about his cat, a profound literary discussion, and a peek behind the legal battle over by a certain fashion item sported by the Super Bowl champs, plus a special guest. All based on entries we’ve previously published here.
Does this sound really nerdy? We admit that it does. But it also turned out really funny, and we hope you’ll download it and pass it along!
Between The Alexandrian War of 48 BCE and the Muslim conquest of 642 CE, the Library of Alexandria, containing a million scrolls and tens of thousands of individual works was completely destroyed, its contents scattered and lost. An appreciable percentage of all human knowledge to that point in history was erased. Yet in his novella “The Congress”, Jorge Luis Borges wrote that “every few centuries, it’s necessary to burn the Library of Alexandria”.
In his session James will ask if, as we build ourselves new structures of knowledge and certainty, as we design our future, should we be concerned with the value of our ruins?
With a background in both computing and traditional publishing James Bridle attempts to bridge the gaps between technology and literature. He runs Bookkake, a small independent publisher and writes about books and the publishing industry at booktwo.org. In 2009 he helped launch Enhanced Editions, the first e-reading application with integrated audiobooks.