Thursday, August 18, 2011

New media lesson: don't depend on Wikipedia, or the AP

I just finished reading this story from the AP on the Guardian's website. Quite amusing, if you ask me. Here are details, and then an observation:

It appears that famous French actor GĂ©rard Depardieu has had another little, let's call it, publicity episode. A Paris to Dubin flight was delayed when the actor, as the AP story puts it, appeared inebriated and announced: "I need to piss, I need to piss."

The cabin crew, of course, told the actor to remain seated during takeoff. There upon the actor relieved himself on the floor of the airplane.

OK, so what does this have to do with New Media. Little, but I will do anything to get this story on the blog, so here goes.

The AP story says that Depardieu "a Paris restaurateur and the owner of a vineyard in Burgundy" and Wikipedia says, thanks to some quick editing, that Depardieu "said this is normal behavior for a Frenchman and could not understand what he did wrong."

Well, whoever edited the Wikipedia entry was just having fun, there is no such quote in any of the stories. As for Depardieu owning a vineyard in Burgundy, he wishes. He is, in fact, a part owner of a vineyard in the Rhone.

Ya can't trust anybody now-a-days, huh?