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Sinbad Rises From Wikipedia Grave 110

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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  • by Fastolfe ( 1470 ) on Saturday March 17, 2007 @01:45PM (#18387147)
    How many "kid defaces wikipedia, media reports wikipedia is wrong" cases are we going to see? Haven't people figured out by now that Wikipedia is edited by the public, and might occasionally be vandalized or show inaccurate information? Why are we treating every instance of vandalism as though it were some major media-worthy event?

    If anything, this just encourages more kiddies to go do the same thing to more visible entries. "What can we make up about President Bush? Maybe we can get it on CNN like Bobbie did last week!"
  • by porkThreeWays ( 895269 ) on Saturday March 17, 2007 @02:09PM (#18387381)
    I think the reason the media keeps reporting these things is they are trying their best to show the world internet sources may not be true; and wikipedia is their poster boy. There was a frontline special recently documenting traditional media and what's happened to it in the past few years. I think many in the traditional media are still trying to fight and discredit the internet as much as possible. They think it's a fad and people will return to traditional media. They don't understand that the internet is just as much a fundamental shift as the Gutenberg press. They need to embrace it correctly rather than fight it. I have yet to see a traditional outlet of information fully use the internet in the same way wikipedia has. Wikipedia has become the NY Times of the internet, while other media outlets have a bunch of homer simpson sites they use to throw their print stories on the web.
  • Sinbad Is a Techie (Score:2, Interesting)

    by SkyDude ( 919251 ) on Saturday March 17, 2007 @03:05PM (#18387961)
    This goes to show why Wikipedia should never be trusted as the only source for information.

    Sinbad made an appearance on Leo LaPorte's "Screen Savers" program on ZDTV back around 1999 or 2000. ZDTV was the predecessor to TechTV a/k/a G4. During the interview, Sinbad mentioned he had a T1 line in his house in LA. Leo, who at that point was just getting comfortable with DSL, was green with envy, as were most tech junkies on the set.

    So, while his career may not be at its zenith, I learned from that interview that he is a closeted geek and really enjoys tech stuff. I wouldn't be surprised if he reads /. from time to time.

  • by cawaker ( 262993 ) on Saturday March 17, 2007 @05:54PM (#18389655)
    Sinbad is indeed a techie, I've seen him numerous times at Macworld over the years.
  • by khallow ( 566160 ) on Sunday March 18, 2007 @01:13AM (#18392167)
    Hmmm, I disagree with Bill Maher here. We can and should tolerate intolerance. Intolerance doesn't in itself kill people. If someone is obeys the rule of law they should be tolerated even if they hold views that you find reprehensible.

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