Fisk (fiskblack) wrote,
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The Hippy Encyclopedia

I knew someone had recently linked to Better Days from a fairly well trafficked website due to the inordinately large ammount of fan-mail I was getting from brand new readers over the weekend and into this week. My friend McGroarty realized I was getting a lot of new hits off of the entry that someone wrote up for Better Days in the online encyclopedia known as Wikipedia, or as he calls it, the Hippy Encyclopedia. I'd always known about the Wikipedia, but never really read much into what it was about and how it operated, and I was pretty astonished to learn that it's an online encyclopedia completely open to editing from anyone. Anyone. Anyone can come along and just write anything. I'm told there is a cadre of moderators that sit around and check updates for abuse and other inappropriate usage, but often times, inaccuracies can sit around for a while.

The entry is here if you're interested in checking it out.

The entry is still mostly intact as I found it, with some corrections made by me that were pretty grossly... incorrect. The most glaring and surprising was the line at the bottom of the "Storyline" entry that stated the "The comic is appearently semi autobiographical..." which couldn't be farther from the truth. I was really unsure how anyone could come to the conclusion that my life was anything like what's portrayed in the comic, so I simply deleted that little line out of the entry. When I went back to it a few hours later, it was perched back in it's place, as if it was me who didn't know what I was talking about. This prompted the addition of a correction instead of meerly omitting the line out of the entry. I'm not sure how someone can get something so wrong, based on absolutely no evidence. But this is the internet.

Another inaccuracy was at the bottom of the entry in the "Politicis" section. The inaccurate portion is currently deleted, so you can't see it. Aside from eluding to my possible racist tendencies (aren't you getting tired of this simple minded nonesense by now?), the last segment went on to explain my open attacks on "unpatriotic" people such as the "draft-dodging Principal Longfellow". Chapter 5 clearly showed that Longfellow was a member of the Army, but wasn't stationed in Vietnam. It never questioned his patriotism, but was clear that he was discharged from the Army for aggressive fraternization and other behavioral issues. In the mind of the typically mentally-lazy internet liberal, this translates into an unpatriotic draft-dodger, somehow. My correction to this entry was a little more scathing after correcting the inaccuracy in front of everyone, questioning the "dubious credibility of the author of this entry". When I looked back later, everything mentioning Longfellow in that light was deleted. I feel a little validated in knowing that my ideological opposition has to like.. lie to point out how out of line I am.

Some of the rest of the entry is mildly off, but I'm not really bothered by it. It's generating some traffic and in the end, I don't really care. But like anything that's open to input by any douchebag on the internet, it's going to be mostly a bunch of slanted editorializing than any real conveyance of meaningful information.
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