Investigators are looking into who altered pro wrestler Chris Benoit’s Wikipedia entry to mention his wife’s death hours before authorities discovered the bodies of the couple and their 7-year-old son. –Dead wrestler’s Web page was altered (Yahoo! | AP (will expire))
I wasn’t particularly following this story, but this is an interesting wrinkle. When I first started teaching journalism at Seton Hill in 2003, it was common for mainstream publications to publish information that a quick Google search would reaveal as a hoax (or at least very suspicious). Now we see journalists making routine references to the nuts and bolts of the new information economy.
Update, 29 June: “The anonymous individual responsible for suggesting, 14 hours before police discovered the body, that WWE wrestler Chris Benoit’s wife was dead is confessing, saying his/her comment was a ‘terrible coincidence.’” -WikiNews
Is that the end of the story?