Teh Internets Forcing the Past Tense
posted by June 27 at 14:00 PMon
The Globe and Mail has a story by the man who added Tim Russert’s death date to the Meet the Press page of Wikipedia.
I know, I know.
But it’s actually fairly interesting. I’ve always wondered exactly why these people feel the need to update this web page the instant that something happens. And it does explain it a bit, and no, he’s not proud:
Alerted by The New York Times website (which also mentioned Russert’s death a few minutes before NBC did), I visited Wikipedia – partly out of interest about Russert and partly out of a vague and morbid curiosity about how long it would take for his death to register. The change, of course, had already been made to the main entry. But when I visited the Wikipedia page of Meet The Press, the flagship political show he helmed on Sundays, I found it in pristine condition.
Why I was compelled to be the one to change it, I couldn’t tell you, but that’s what I did. I added a “2008” as an ending date on his tenure at the show. I changed everything else to the past tense. And I did so post-haste.