Earlier this month, I discussed the LAT effort to reinvent its editorial page, which sought to incorporate Web ideas. [See "Newspapers look to the future."
One of the ideas to create wikitorials. A wiki
, of course, is a tool that allows people to collaborate on projects. [Read FCW's coverage of wikis
The LAT announced that it was going to create a wikitorial, which would allow people to contribute to an editorial. Poynter
, the online journalims site, reports that the LAT launched… and then de-launched… its wikitorials after they were filled with… well, language and concepts that might only find a home on www.latimes.xxx
Here is how Slate.com
's Today's Papers
reported it this morning:
Oh, Wiki, You're (Not) So Fine ... Last Friday, the LAT launched a "wikitorial" -- "an editorial in which readers took part in a grand, group, rewriting" -- or what's known in colloquial terms as a clusterf***. It was taken down Sunday afternoon.
This morning's LAT gives the gory details:
Sometime after midnight Saturday, [one Times editor said], he stopped monitoring the site for the night, and later pornographic images began to pour in.
One image that was repeatedly posted is infamous on the Internet for its depiction of a man's private parts.
... Meanwhile, with the wikiperiment getting all the attention, the LAT editorial page has quietly launched a more modest, much better innovation: Ripping on other papers' editorials, in near real time.
Ah... that bleeding edge.
Posted by Christopher Dorobek on Jun 21, 2005 at 12:14 PM