Encyclopedia Dramatica vs. Wikipedia
About Encyclopedia Dramatica (as found on Wikipedia…)
Encyclopædia Dramatica (often abbreviated ED) was a satirical open wiki launched on December 10, 2004. It lampooned both encyclopedic topics and current events, especially those related or relevant to contemporary internet culture. It was frequently utilized by a socially fluid and dynamic internet subculture known as Anonymous. The ‘not safe for work’ site celebrated a subversive “trolling culture”, and documented internet memes, culture, and events, such as mass organized pranks, trolling events, “raids”, large scale failures of internet security, and criticism of conservative internet communities which were accused of self-censorship in order to garner prestige or positive coverage from traditional and established media outlets.
The magazine Wired described the site as “where the vast parallel universe of Anonymous in-jokes, catchphrases, and obsessions is lovingly annotated, and you will discover an elaborate trolling culture: Flamingly racist and misogynist content lurks throughout, all of it calculated to offend”.
Ninemsn described Encyclopædia Dramatica as: “Wikipedia’s evil twin. It’s a site where almost every article is biased, offensive, unsourced, and without the faintest trace of political correctness. A search through its archives will reveal animated images of people committing suicide, articles glorifying extreme racism and sexism, and a seemingly endless supply of twisted, shocking views on just about every major human tragedy in history.”
On April 14, 2011, the original URL of the site was redirected to a new website that bore little resemblance with Encyclopedia Dramatica named Oh Internet. Parts of the ED community harshly criticized the changes. Several mirrors of the original site have since started up.
Encyclopedia Dramatica about Wikipedia…
World of Wikipædia, or Wikipedia, is a massive multiplayer online role-playing game in which some really cool dudes compete to paraphrase detailed information into a shorter, reader-friendlier format. However, unlike any other MMORPG, the major rewards and upgrades are to players’ perceived expertise on their own edits, which players can trade in for sparse IRL recognition or can add to their laundry lists of personal accomplishments.
During gameplay, Wikipedia players can gain more authority as they progress, with “Administrator” and “Double-O Licensed” rankings granting them access to GOD MODE. While the rules for winning the game are a tightly-kept secret, it is believed that the winner is treated to a night of accolades and praise from Wikipedia overlord Jimbo Wales.
Encyclopedia Dramatica about objectivity…
“NOBODY EVER COMES TO THE INTERNET WITH OUT A GODDAMNED MOTHERFUCKING POINT OF VIEW TO SPOUT OFF OKAY? SO THIS BULLSHIT ABOUT BEING NEUTRAL? IT BRINGS UP MORE BULLSHIT THAN IT’S WORTH. AND PLUS PEOPLE THINK THAT NOT HAVING A POINT OF VIEW ON A SUBJECT MAKES YOU MORE RELIABLE. NO, IT MAKES YOU MORE STUPID IS WHAT IT DOES. I DON’T TRUST YOU IF YOU AREN’T SPOUTING OFF ABOUT SOMETHING. YELL. SCREAM. DO SOMETHING. JUST DON’T FUCKING TELL ME THAT I’M NOT BEING NEUTRAL. THERE’S NO SUCH FUCKING THING SO STFU.”