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Monday 26 February 2007

Filed under: — Charles @ 10:44 pm

Wizzo.. I am a commentisfreer

Ah, delightful. I’ve written about Fuzzy Zoeller’s attempt to find and sue the person who libelled him on the Wikipedia page about him.

I think he’d do better spending the money funding Wikipedia’s slightly mad administrative machine, which needs more people helping it out, rather than daft publicity and sideswipes from lawsuits.

But his quest - which I think will ultimately fail - does show how celebrity truth is now too fluid to be l

eft to us mortals. Celebrities have to learn that if they want people to know the truth about them, they’re better off making it up themselves.

One has to feel a little sympathy for this collision of the auld game and the new technology; searching for “Fuzzy Zoeller blog” turns up precisely one result, which isn’t a blog by bubbling, approachable ol’ Fuzzy).

Zoeller is upset that the online encyclopaedia that pretty much anyone can vandalise - sorry, edit - for some time contained comments wrongly, oh so wrongly, claiming that he abused drugs, alcohol and his family. You can tell he’s a golfer - some actors would bearing such fibs as a badge of honour.

But not Zoeller. Of course, things have changed since he was born in 1951, a time when (if the Wikipedia page I’m reading is right) dinosaurs presented the evening news and a race of underground hobbits four foot tall was discovered in Antigua. (It may have updated since then.)

Yeah, pitch in. Ooh, it’s like writing for The Register again, which is a compliment, by the way.

3 Responses to “Wizzo.. I am a commentisfreer”

  1. commenter Says:

    Oi, I was born in 1951 and I can assure you that I didn’t get where I am today by being eaten by pterodactyls and listening to steam driven interwebs. Silly man! Pretty good golfer in his time though.

  2. Steve Thompson Says:

    About 2 months ago the Wikipedia entry for Cherly Cole had been defaced - at the same time Ashley Cole went to Chelsea.

    “Cheryl Ann Cole, nee Tweedy is an English Singer and member of the girl group Girls Aloud. She is married to Chelsea and England footballer Ashley Cole, the marriage bein one of convenience due to Cole being a homosexual and Tweedy being a racist.”

    Made me laugh. They should have a Wikipedia offshoot called WikiLiar that allows people to do this kind of stuff as it’s a lot more entertaining that reading about Fuzzy whatever-his-name-is.

  3. Antony Mayfield Says:

    That’s really very cool - getting a key to the CiF, that is. :-) Way to let rip, Mr A - will be subscribing to that page.

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