Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Half-formed Idea 2: Debunkers Wiki

In this post, Kevin Drum compiles a list of "Urban Legends" associated with Hurrican Katrina and its aftermath. It occurred to me that it would be very useful to have a "wiki" that kept track of all the urban legends and false stories associated with politics: (You know: John Kerry saying "Who amongst us does not love NASCAR?", Clinton holding up airport traffic to get a haircut, etc.) As a wiki, it would be accessible to people of any political persuasion to make contributions, so it wouldn't have to just be liberal debunking of conservative talking points or vice-versa.

A lot of this work is already done at Snopes Urban Legends Reference Pages and by Bob Somerby at the Daily Howler, but it would be nice to have a collaborative project to gather such information.

What's a wiki? From wikipedia, the online wiki-based encyclopedia,

A wiki is a web application that allows users to add content, as on an Internet forum, but also allows anyone to edit the content. The term Wiki also refers to the collaborative software used to create such a website (see Wiki software).


Anonymous Rich said...

A political wiki of the type you mention would need to be policed heavily to keep it clean of vandalism. If you look at the Recent changes page at wikipedia, it is disheartening sometimes to see the kinds of things which can happen in a place which is (mostly) non-political in intent, so I can imagine it might be even more of an attraction to antisocial types and demagogues to have the kind of wiki you propose.

But don't let me stop you, if you think you could make it work.

6:04 PM  

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