Sunday, February 03, 2008

oh the muckraking we will do or Can you imagine that those bureaucrats know about the secret tubes?

in the swirling nexus of the political world and the internet... should someone in Pennsylvania attempt to replicate http://www.maplight.org/ which brings together data on campaign contributions and how legislators vote in California?

and local news has hit on the fact that some government employees are spending their hours editing wikipedia entries. I have to point out that this is old news at this point. See these old Null Space posts: Erudite and Expansive Bureaucrats or more broadly in Information Warfare - burgh style. The WTAE report says they discovered this after an actual investigation. They might just want to call up the Wikiscanner site to save themselves some time. What was one of the key discoveries of all of this:

One state employee took time out of his day to edit the Wikipedia page for Lurch, who was the butler on "The Addams Family" TV series. The person wanted to point out that Lurch did not actually play the harpsichord himself.

Deep. I am sure that entry took just hours to bang out... hours that could have better been used denying a building permit or something.

I would point out that while this little hunt is going on to find those local ne'er-do-well government internet prosumers... the military is going in the other direction with one senior general has in the news recently advocating that even soldiers should be allowed to blog. Something that just never happens now.

Just think, if all this wiki-editing and blogging is eradicated from all public offices, it will be a boon for all the high paid consultants who will need to be paid down the road once governments figure out they all need to be using the same tools. It's all a conspiracy I tell you.

Oh, I just can't resist... let's see what some of the wikipedia entries being generated by WTAE's corporate parent look like. See those Wikiscanner results here.

4 Comments:

Blogger O said...

Don't look now, but someone at the County is really into fantasy, role playing games, and morlocks.

Saturday, February 02, 2008 11:53:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

which county? Potter?

Sunday, February 03, 2008 6:32:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wikiscanner is certainly not news but the edits to Luke & Ed's pages by city & state employees had not been reported...and hey, you can't beat a story with Lurch AND the Bada-Bing.

Paul Van Osdol

Monday, February 04, 2008 3:57:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

must..stop..Lurch..at..all..costs...

Tuesday, February 05, 2008 8:08:00 AM  

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