Thursday, October 27, 2005

Wikipedia on Rocky

To know that this Wikipedia article was written by a bona fide Utahrd, all you have to do is read until the third paragraph:

"He is an ardent opponent of tobacco use and has supported legislative measures limiting smoking. Ironically, he has been viewed as one of the state's most outspoken supporters of alcohol use."

An outspoken supporter of alcohol use? This is Utahrdism at its finest. Advocating for a vibrant nightlife and normalization of Brigham's blue laws- which ostensibly is what this phrase is referring to - makes you a booze advocate. Why didn't the author also include a phrase stating something like "in addition, he has attacked traditional Utah sensibilities offering vociferous support to dining outside of the home, attendance of non-televised performing arts, and freedom of speech."

And how is it ironic? Smoking is very bad for your health. Moderate drinking is good for it. But I guess to a Utahrd, smoking and drinking are both intrinsically bad and are suited to be lumped into the same category from which "irony" ensues.

The bulk of the article then goes on to describe the significant insignificant non-issues of the day like the DesNews "bar tab," the Torino trip, and other trivia as if they have been the hallmarks of his administration. I know the Utahrds would like it to be, but unfortunately an encyclopaedic portrayal of the Mayor will have to be somewhat objective.

I started to edit the article but gave up after I realized I'll probably have to rewrite the whole damn thing.


Blogger Ethan said...

I recognize some of that article. I can't quite place it, but I've seen it before. I know I have somewhere online. That exact language was used I think around the time of the Deeda Seed thing. This is going to keep me up tonight.

4:33 PM  
Blogger pramahaphil said...

Shawn -- You whine so much about "Utahrdian" views, yet you haven't left the state yet -- who's the Utahrd?

I admire your willingness to put your dukes up for every negative comment about Rocky Anderson -- but please. Alcohol and tobacco both have negative health effects (unless it is someone that drinks wine - only one glass a day). So why is the irony of that comment so "Utahrdic".

"Utahrd" brilliant! Did you stay up all night to come up with that zinger?

Speaking about health though, I do agree there is something better and more of a health concern in Utah than alcohol -- Utahns overeating fatty deserts at church gatherings. Just a random thought for my comment. THERE ARE ALOT OF FAT ONES HERE

5:41 PM  
Blogger pramahaphil said...

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6:18 PM  
Blogger pramahaphil said...

I will admit the Wikipedia article is pretty biased for what is suppossed to un-biased, encyclopaedic commentary.

6:20 PM  
Blogger Simon J. said...

The history of that article shows that this specific line was added on August 20, 2005. Here's a link to the before and after versions.

The edits were made by a person who did a lot of edits (more than 50) during the period of August 12 - 31. A list of all of this author's contributions is here.

That contribution list shows that this author mostly made changes to biographies and articles on Mormonism and religion in general. Click the "(dif)" links to see what he added.

It appears that he went through a long list of individuals and added links indicating what religion they belong to.

Ted Wilson, Jake Garn, D. Michael Quinn, Wally Joyner, Shirley Temple, Clint Eastwood, Trent Harris, and at least a dozen others all got his treatment.

8:43 AM  
Blogger Ethan said...

Is there anyway of knowing who that person is? Do they list usernames, etc?

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