From Wikiquote (affiliated with Wikipedia, but a bit more difficult to seriously distort).
By comedian John Oliver:
"The world's become so horrifying now. It's too easy to become cynical
about things and that's not fair and it doesn't work. And in fact, there
is hope for the world. And it is in the form of Wikipedia. Now
Wikipedia will save us all.
I found this out when recently a friend of
mine emailed me and he said that someone had created a Wikipedia entry
about me. I didn't realize this was true, so I looked it up. And like
most Wikipedia entries, it came with some flamboyant surprises, not
least amongst them my name. Because in it it said my name was John Cornelius
Oliver. Now my middle name is not Cornelius because I did not die in
1752. But obviously, I wanted to be. Cornelius is an incredible name.
And that's when it hit me --the way the world is now, fiction has become
more attractive than fact. That is why Wikipedia is such a vital
resource. It's a way of us completely rewriting our history to give our
children and our children's children a much better history to grow up
with. We seem to have no intention of providing them with a future.
Let's at least give them a past. It is in a very real sense the least we
Monday, June 30, 2014
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