BY JIM KARPEN
Imagine John Seigenthaler’s surprise last November whenhe read in an Internet encyclopedia that he was suspected of being involvedin the assassinations of John F. and Robert Kennedy. The article also claimedthat he had lived in the Soviet Union for 13 years.
This demonstrably false information about the 78-year-old former editorand publisher of The Tennessean newspaper was eventually found to have beena prank. But it had been online for four months before Seigenthaler discoveredit.
And when he did discover it, he wrote about it in USAToday and drew worldwideattention to the incident.
The encyclopedia in question, of course, is Wikipedia.
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Jim Karpen, Ph.D., teaches writing at Maharishi University of Managementin Fairfield, Iowa. He has been interested in the revolutionaryconsequences of computer technology ever since writinghis Ph.D. dissertation in 1984 at Bowling Green State Universityon the study of the "digitizedword."