Monday, June 25, 2007

Wiki-Groaning

I have absolutely no idea what to write. So until I do find something to rant about, I'll just have to share some infos I got off the net.
I have always been a big fan of Wikipedia, not that I believe every word in it, but in that it always have enough information for whatever purposes I had in mind. So, when I found an interesting article about it in Wall Street Journal, it does open my eyes a little bit more on the usefulness of the site. But, for whatever reasons, I still find Wikipedia a fantastic source of information, even if it's priority is a bit muddled. After all, I'm not using it to write a thesis or something, so it doesn't really matter. Here's the article:-



Oh, That John Locke
By JAMIN BROPHY-WARREN
June 16, 2007; Page P3 The Wall Street Journal

There's a new sport on the Internet: competing to come up with the best examples of how Wikipedia, the Web's home-grown reference source, is skewed towards pop-culture topics. For instance, the West Wing of the White House merits a 1,100-word entry on Wikipedia, while "The West Wing," the Aaron Sorkin TV drama, has an 6,800-word write-up. This game already has a name: "Wiki-groaning." The term appears to have been coined by Jon Hendren, a 23-year-old living in San Jose, Calif., who wrote about it on humor Web site SomethingAwful.com after playing the game with friends online. Below, some notable comparisons, with their Wikipedia word-counts. -- Jamin Brophy-Warren


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Here are more comparisons:-
West Wing, White House (1,000) -vs- "The West Wing," television series (6,700)

The Harlem Renaissance (1,300) -vs- The Harlem Globetrotters (1,900)
Miles Davis, jazz musician (6,000) -vs- Miles 'Tails' Prowler, sidekick of video game hero Sonic the Hedgehog (6,300)
Charles William Eliot, pioneering president of Harvard University (3,000) -vs- Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts school, 'Harry Potter' series (5,200)
Steam engine (7,300) -vs- Lightsaber, fictional weapon from "Star Wars" (10,000)

Apollo 13, space mission (3,900) -vs- "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (6,700)
Cecil B. DeMille (1,300) -vs- Russ Meyer (3,500)
"Annie Hall" (2,500) -vs- "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" (5,200)
Poker (1,400) -vs- Magic: The Gathering, fantasy card game (7,800)

V.S. Naipaul, Nobel prize-winning author (1,500) -vs- J.K. Rowling (4,000)

2 comments:

J.T. said...

Interesting facts. Yeah, I use Wikipedia a lot although some experts say it is not compiled by experts. It is a contribution of anyone's research and opinion. So far, it has not failed me. So let the experts say what they want. :)

Anonymous said...

spongebob squarepants vs a Sponge.
major discrepancy.