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Sinbad Rises From Wikipedia Grave 110

Posted by Zonk
from the i-don't-want-to-go-on-the-cart dept.
A Chicago Sun-Times article passed to us by an anonymous reader pointed out the fact that the comedian Sinbad is still alive. This is notable, only insofar as Wikipedia thought otherwise. "Rumors began circulating last weekend regarding the posting, said Sinbad, who first got a telephone call from his daughter. The gossip quieted, but a few days later the 50-year-old entertainer said phone calls, text messages and e-mails started pouring in by the hundreds. 'Saturday I rose from the dead and then died again,' the Los Angeles-based entertainer said in a phone interview." Based on the article he seemed fairly okay with the mixup: 'It's gonna be more commonplace as the Internet opens up more and more. It's not that strange.' Wikipedia didn't comment for the Times piece, nor has it contacted the entertainer about the incident.
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Sinbad Rises From Wikipedia Grave

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  • Too bad... (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 17, 2007 @01:25PM (#18386961)
    He couldn't think of anything funny to say about it.
  • by jfengel (409917) on Saturday March 17, 2007 @01:32PM (#18387033) Homepage Journal
    Since when is "some dipstick believed something they read on Wikipedia" news?

    I can't help but darkly suspect that this is mostly about a major newspaper trying to declare, "You still need us". And I think that we do, neither blogs (opinion) nor Wikipedia (rumor) replace news from organizations that have an interest in being first (or at least timely) and in being correct.

    But non-stories like this make me wonder if the Chicago Sun-Times is one of those organizations.
  • by phoenixwade (997892) on Saturday March 17, 2007 @01:36PM (#18387069)
    That's just a little too convoluted a bit of reasoning for me to believe. I'd be more inclined to think "It's a slow news day for the entertainment section, let's do something a bit controversial, and slam an online source in the process.... win-win for us"

  • by porkThreeWays (895269) on Saturday March 17, 2007 @02:01PM (#18387311)
    This is dumb. The fact that things on the internet might not be true is old news. Wikipedia is no more a reliable source than the rest of the internet and for some reason traditional media just don't get this. Traditional media don't understand the internet and try to apply their rules against it. There's much more information available than traditional sources, but you must be much more vigilant in confirming that information is true.

    And knowing all that, wikipedia is still a damn good source. So what if vandalism occurs. They are doing a pretty good job at controlling it. All these people who bitch and whine that wikipedia might not be true obviously don't use it on a regular basis. There's more information on wikipedia than most libraries and the info is a hell of a lot more updated. I'd go as far as to say wikipedia has the most (and most accurate for its volume) information in one single source than any other site on the internet. Complain if you want, but once you find me a source with better, more up to date, free, and accurate information as wikipedia, let me know. Until then I'll support them with my money.

    At least wikipedia has peer review processes in place. If a piece of information is wrong in a traditional source, good luck getting it changed. It could take years for it to be changed and up to the sole discretion of one source.
  • If only . . . (Score:3, Insightful)

    by cashman73 (855518) on Saturday March 17, 2007 @02:02PM (#18387317) Journal
    . . . news about Richard Jeni's death could have turned out to be fake. Now there's a comedian that will be missed! RIP Richard Jeni!
  • by Sockatume (732728) on Saturday March 17, 2007 @02:25PM (#18387553)
    I don't know how accurate this is, but I've heard that there's an ongoing group prank on b3ta involving obiturising Wikipedia articles. Anyone familiar with the site know?
  • by Afecks (899057) on Saturday March 17, 2007 @02:45PM (#18387773)
    but when it comes to being 'tolerant' of the faith of the majority of Americans

    "Let's don't become so tolerant than we tolerate intolerance." -Bill Maher

    Religions that seek to spread the message of inferiority in atheists, women and homosexuals are incompatible with civilized society.

    It's also just plain silly.

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