Monday, September 14, 2009

Living in Future's Past

Patrick Swayze died today. However, if you look at his Wikipedia article, it says in past tense: "...he died from the disease on September 14, 2009". When I read this, I was like "Whoa, that's today!" because it felt really weird to read about the present in past tense.

I found an even weirder sentence on the page about a show he was in that was cancelled due to his illness: "On June 15, 2009, Entertainment Tonight announced [...]. Swayze died of the disease on September 14 of that year." ..."that year" is this year.

I understand that they have to write the articles in a way that will still be accurate tomorrow, but I find it really weird to read it that way, today. It gives me an odd feeling of perspective, realizing that as this moment ends it becomes part of history... part of the past.


Darshan Chande

September 15, 2009 at 2:33 AM

I have also observed this kind a thing on Wikipedia when Lehman Brothers was gone bankrupt. Though not on the same day but the same week and it mentioned the incident as it happened years ago.

Still one thing fills me with awe for Wikipedia: How quick is the update there! Real agile people working behind it.


September 15, 2009 at 10:42 PM

Well, I guess the agility is just people like us who hear the news, go on to Wikipedia, and discover it's not there yet so decide to add it.

By the way, I'm going to check out your blog soon, but I'm really busy these days so I haven't yet.