"One could say my life itself has been one long soundtrack. Music was my life, music brought me to life, and music is how I will be remembered long after I leave this life. When I die there will be a final waltz playing in my head that only I can hear."
When triple Oscar-winning French composer Maurice Jarre died, the above quote attributed to him was published in dozens of U.S. blogs and newspaper websites in Britain, Australia and India. It turned out that it was a completely made-up quote, part of an experiment by 22-year old Dublin university student, Shane Fitzgerald which he added to the Wikipedia page of Maurice Jarre hours after the French composer's death March 28
They used the fabricated material, Fitzgerald said, even though administrators at the free online encyclopedia quickly caught the quote's lack of attribution and removed it, but not quickly enough to keep some journalists from cutting and pasting it first....
Fitzgerald said one of his University College Dublin classes was exploring how quickly information was transmitted around the globe. His private concern was that, under pressure to produce news instantly, media outlets were increasingly relying on Internet sources — none more ubiquitous than the publicly edited Wikipedia.
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