20259Lewis mention in Wikipedia
- Dec 31, 2008I think you all completely missed my point when I said that this hoax was
obscure and pointless. Of course it's simple to insert a joke in Wikipedia.
It's utterly trivial to create one, in fact, and utterly trivial to fix the
entry. That wasn't my point. My point was that I can't figure out who this is
supposed to be a joke on and at what point they are supposed to get it. The
paragraph I quoted about the supposed article about Lewis written by the six
professors wasn't caught till I saw it just a week ago. Even I didn't
realize that it was a hoax until David Bratman pointed out that there's no other
mention of it online.
That hoax was put in the Wikipedia entry months ago. I'm not sure when
exactly, sometime between March and October, but it's been there for months.
What then would be the point of creating the joke since anyone whatever that it
might conceivably be aimed at wouldn't see it for months, and anyone who it
might be aimed at wouldn't even care that much?
Is it aimed at the one of the professors? Why claim that the article was
written by six professors then? Why would any professor care that he was
listed as one of the authors of a hoax article, and why put the only mention of
this article in the Wikipedia article where no one would think about it being a
hoax for months? If someone had printed out six copies of that paragraph
about the hoax article and taped it to each professor's office door, they might
conceivably care but only for the few seconds it would take them to pull it
down and throw it away. There's nothing offensive enough in the idea of the
article for any of the professors to get angry about.
Why would it be a joke on New College? What would it prove about the
college if it were true? Who would care about attacking New College - one of its
football rivals figuring that this is more fun that stealing its mascot's
costume before the big football game? (Um, that was a joke on my part. New
College doesn't have any sports teams at all and no mascot, so it's immune to the
usual sorts of inter-college pranks. It doesn't have any rival colleges of
any sort, so there's nobody who cares enough about the college to attack it.)
Why would it be an attack on fans of C. S. Lewis? How are you attacking
Lewis fans by putting a paragraph in a Wikipedia entry that won't be seen by any
Lewis fans except perhaps randomly months later? In fact, you could argue
that this was a joke on me, since I am apparently the only person in the world
who is (a) a Lewis fan, (b) a New College graduate, and (c) geeky enough to
check with other Lewis experts if such an article actually exists.
I stand by my statement that this is the most obscure and pointless hoax
I've ever seen.
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