[WikiEN-l] Wikipedia in the pop culture

Keith Old keithold at gmail.com
Thu May 11 20:08:28 UTC 2006

On 5/11/06, Daniel R. Tobias <dan at tobias.name> wrote:
> I'm running into an increasing number of mentions of Wikipedia in pop-
> cultural contexts these days.  Two recent examples:
> In Simpsons Comics #117, there is this exchange:
> Lisa: Say, aren't you Hank Scorpio, the criminal mastermind?
> Hank: I prefer the term "Entrepreneurial mastermind", but yes, that's
> me.
> Lisa: You blackmailed the federal government into giving you control
> of the American east coast.  Now everyone thinks you are dead.
> Hank: Aren't you adorable?  We're all about to be shot as escaped
> prisoners, and you're reciting my entry in the Wikipedia.  I hope
> you're proud of her, Homer.  She's great!
> The other was on a recent Colbert Report on Comedy Central, where
> Colbert was talking about Sigmund Freud, and proudly announced that
> he had prepared for the segment by reading Freud's *entire* Wikipedia
> entry, even the accurate parts.
> I think Wikipedia has achieved the pop-cultural status of being
> suitable for mention in humorous (and not entirely flattering)
> contexts; it seems to have a connotation something like "I've
> achieved a shallow, superficial, and quite likely inaccurate
> understanding of a subject the lazy way... and I'm damn proud of it!"
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and behind Mother's Day.



Keith Old

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