Monday, May 26, 2008

The Korean generally does not trust Wikipedia, contrary to the trend. Something like this is the reason why.

Under "South Korean Culture" entry of Wikipedia, these words are found:

"South Korea also has an alarmingly high plastic surgery rate. 76% of Korean women in their 20's and 30's have undergone plastic surgery. 25% of Korean mothers who have daughters between the ages of 12 and 16 suggested plastic surgery to their daughter according to Korean's "Pantheon of Fucked-Up Statistics""

Does that look familiar? Yes, those are the words from the Korean's post about plastic surgery. Something that is clearly meant as a joke now occupies a place in Wikipedia. (That is, the words "Pantheon of Fucked-up Statistics", not the numbers themselves. The numbers are legit.) If that is not fixed within a few days, the Korean will never look at Wikipedia again.

-EDIT 5/27/08- The threat worked, and the offending language was removed.

4 comments:

  1. I need to apologize because this comment is not directly toward your post. I am hoping, however, that you will take the time to read this, and make a future post based on the following information.

    I am currently interning at the Global Overseas Adoptees\' Link (GOA\'L), located in Seoul, South Korea. I am writing to you with intentions of both providing you with information on, as well as asking for your assistance with our current campaign.

    As you may already know, GOA\'L has been supporting overseas adoptees born in Korea since 1998. We are now lobbying for overseas adoptees\' right to hold a dual citizenship.

    At the bottom, I will include a link leading toward documents about our campaign. There is an information package which contains the specific details about our campaign. Within, issues such as military service and tax responsibilities are outlined. The second document is the petition form. We are hoping to obtain 50,000 signatures by December 2008. To reach this goal, the Korean overseas adopted community must come together. We cannot do this without your help.

    We would greatly appreciate your support in this campaign.

    http://goal.or.kr/eng/?slms=room&lsms=1&sl=6&ls=17

    You may also contact us at campaign@goal.or.kr.

    Thank you so much!

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  2. I just wanted to say that while of course the aforementioned information is a bunch of rubbish, it is important to remember that Wikipedia only works if people with a lot of knowledge add to it, and fix mistakes. English speakers with an extensive knowledge of Korean culture are at a premium. On the other hand, look up the New York Yankees and you'll get more accurate information than you could hope for)
    I don't mean to sound preachy or whiny, its just that wikipedia can be great resource if more knowledgeable people like yourself add to it.
    Thanks!

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  3. Wikipedia is a joke. I can't believe people are actually beginning to cite Wikipedia in scholarly articles...

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  4. thou shalt obeyeth the decree of the almighty Korean.

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