Reddit, Hoaxes, and Wikipedia

One of the students in my course “Lying About the Past” emailed me today to let me know that someone has created a Wikipedia entry about the class hoax that was debunked by reddit users on the serial killer sub-reddit. A Wikipedian with the username “lamnurki” created the entry on June 22, 2012 and it has been edited a few times since. The entry gives a clear and concise summary of the students’ hoax, of what happened when they tried to spread it via reddit, and the aftermath of the hoax.

It’s interesting to me that of the two class hoaxes this past semester, the serial killer/reddit hoax was the less successful one, but the one that got the greatest buzz.