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.
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: