Hello all, Katy Lee here. It’s Sunday on the east coast, which means guess who’s visiting? Hurricane Irene is still annoying us…and apparently causing many to sing the song, Come on Irene…instead of Eileen. It started with a New York Magazine blog that made the foible and who has since come clean with their error, but the change in the 1982 platinum hit by Dexys Midnight Runners has stuck.
History has been changed, so to speak…er, sing. And this is a simple change. With the malleable internet out there, so much more of our history has already been changed and will continue to do so. Slip ups like this song are instantly put out on the web for unknowing people to believe. Sites like Wikipedia can give the impression of fact, and many will take what’s dished out and go about their day without debating it.
A few months back I did a post about getting your research right. Visit there to read more about why it is so important, especially for writers.
You see, the internet can be changed…and it can be changed back, or in the case of Irene/Eileen can be corrected. But when you print a book, that can not be done so easily, if at all.
The Unlocked Secret: First of all, stay safe all you East Coasters. Second, be a debater. Be the person who questions what they read on the internet. Require a little more information before taking what’s dished out and going about your day. You don’t want to ever have to write that “Coming-Clean Statement” to your readers.
Question: Have you ever caught a foible? On the internet or a book?