TITLE

Truth and Fiction on the Web

AUTHOR(S)
Bates, Mary Ellen
PUB. DATE
March 2006
SOURCE
Online;Mar/Apr2006, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p64
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article considers the dissemination of false information posted on the Internet. The first account involves a May 2005 entry in Wikipedia about John Seigenthaler, an administrative assistant to Robert Kennedy in the early 1960s. Among other things, the article falsely said that Seigenthaler was once thought to have been involved in Kennedy's assassination. Another controversy regarding information happened during the last few weeks of 2005. According to news reports, in October 2005, a University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, student requested an interlibrary loan of a copy of Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, known in the 1960 as The Little Red Book. It quickly became a hot item on blogs, although library-savvy bloggers noted a number of problems with the story.
ACCESSION #
19824402

 

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