I got into work today to be greeted by an email from a co-worker. “Marc, you’re getting slammed on the radio this morning”!
Here’s the background. A couple months ago, one of Inland’s new physicians told me that they came here despite the Waterville article on Wikipedia. When I went to it, it was awful. It was like an extended online reader’s comment at the bottom of a Morning Sentinel article. The writer ranted about how awful this place was, how economically depressed our downtown is, and how inept Waterville was at getting anything positive started.
Obviously I took issue with that. Waterville is a great place to live and has some great things happening in it. Worse, the article didn’t follow the Wikipedia guidelines of being a reference work with lots of references. There were none.
So I added some references to good stories in the Morning Sentinel and added some positive things happening: Waterville Main Street, the Waterville Public Library, Soup to Nuts Coffee House, and KVConnect. (You can compare what I found on the site to the changes I made: right here.)
After that, someone went in and added a ton of information: demographics, pictures, lots of stuff. Apparently they also added that the Hathaway Center was a scam.
I didn’t see that when I went in on December 4 to update the transportation. (Only the airport was listed so I added I-95 and the intermodal transfer station we have.)
But I got blamed with the negative information in the article. Ironic isn’t it? And not only blamed but blamed on air.
What a way to start the morning! *sigh*
I’m concerned for lots of reasons:
- My friends and colleagues–the leaders in the community–are working really hard to make this a great place, now I appear to be slamming their work.
- There are enough pastors negative about life in general. I’m an optimist but I’m being painted with the brush of the others.
- Inland’s name was included. One of our core commitments is to the economic development of our communities. This makes it look like one of their most in-the-community people doesn’t buy it.
What’s shocking is that a minor edit I made on Wikipedia can be misconstrued by a local radio station. I guess I still haven’t come to grips with the ramifications of the interconnectedness of Web 2.0.
[12/13 Things are MUCH better. No one I spoke with listened to this station any way. The station apologized Tuesday. And I got to go on for an Inland related thing on Thursday a.m. I was on air with them for about 45 minutes. It’s really turned out to be a good thing!]