It seems that a Daily Mail columnist is having to learn about the unreliability of user-generated content the hard way.
Former Telegraph hack Petronella Wyatt succumbed to the egotistical practice of writing her own entry on Wikipedia, the do-it-yourself internet encyclopaedia.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Taking every precautionÃ¢â‚¬, she says in the Mail, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I kept the facts on my entry to a
minimum, confining myself to my academic career and the post I held on various newspapers and magazines.Ã¢â‚¬
So far, so good.
The entry said she often did this while living in Virginia, USA, causing huntsmen to Ã¢â‚¬Å“blow their horns in panicÃ¢â‚¬ and children to Ã¢â‚¬Å“utter petrified criesÃ¢â‚¬.
The evil hackers wrote that when she finally left Virginia, the roads were lined with Ã¢â‚¬Å“thousands of happy people cheeringÃ¢â‚¬ her departure.
And as if that wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t enough, Wyatt is also descended from a long line of Ã¢â‚¬Å“schizophrenic batsÃ¢â‚¬ Ã¢â‚¬’ according to her page, at least.
PetronellaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s actual father, Labour MP and diarist Woodrow Wyatt, just for good measure, is described as a Ã¢â‚¬Å“famous lunaticÃ¢â‚¬ who bribed Oxford University to admit his Ã¢â‚¬Å“mentally-backwardÃ¢â‚¬ daughter.
Sinisterly, Wyatt claims to know who the culprit is but refuses to name her because, not being a world-famous Daily Mail columnist, she doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have an entry and Ã¢â‚¬Å“doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t merit oneÃ¢â‚¬.
Would it just be mean to suggest that what is really to blame here is vanity?
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