Wikipedia The Movie: the maddest thing I’ve seen in some time

Élan Vital 2013-10-31

Wikipedia The Movie, a wiki-amusement started by Mark Pellegrini during the Chrome Age of Wikipedia, is hard to describe, and not exactly what you might expect. It is a surreal cataclysm of in-jokes pretzled together into a tilable shape. Its pieces have been polished by those who appreciate it: editors with a sense of humor, reflecting on a larger community whose relationship with humor is more nuanced. In short Dalí-scented scenes, and the language of cafeteria gossip, it captures some of what is mad and wonderful about the projects in a way that is honest to the madness of humanity. Enough to make any committed editor wince or smile.  It makes me wonder what a similarly frank slice of subtext would look like for other large-scale projects.

While I remember the original being brouted about – it wasn’t called ‘Episode 1′ at the time – I only discovered last year that it had been turned into a franchise, slowly unfolding year after year. And I can’t complain that I was cast as my favorite Shakespearean fragranceur.

Wikipedia the Movie

For those of you who have shared the private hallucinations of those who breathe too deep of that lemony Huggle vapour, give over a few minutes of your day to a stroll down memory’s phantasmagoria:

Episode _1_  ·  _2_  ·  _3_  ·  _4_  ·  _5_  ·  _6_