Rumble in the Wiki
John Frank Weaver
The Wikipedia entries for both
the Wii and Playstation 3 were locked. No one
could edit them without special permission. From who,
I couldn’t imagine and didn’t care. I was killing time
in class, speculating on the future of video games instead
of focusing on the past of trusts and estates. With any luck my tuition
money goes only for wireless internet connection, and the professor’s
salary is paid by someone who listens in class. And in
the name of getting my money’s worth, I tuned out the second parentela
and imagined why those entries were locked.
Were dueling, video game, net-guerilla factions having a war of
wikiality, contesting who could make their machine superior in an unsubstantiated battlefield?
Maybe they traded opportunities to spread vicious lies, libel, and slander –
Oh sh**, which is printed and which is spoken? I really should have paid more attention in first amendment class.
Maybe they wrote pages of yellow journalism crap to convince
casual readers like me that there was nothing of worth in the opposing machine.
Maybe they had war rooms full of young, acne-scarred writers, dedicated to
explaining to a reader why the propaganda of the other side
that he just read was inferior to the propaganda of their side that he was about to read.
Maybe I should go back to my notes. I think she’s talking about the exam.
libel or slander?)