Vernon Kay is not dead, long live Vernon Kay

Those of us who rely on Wikipedia as the ultimate adjudicator on any matter of disagreement had our beliefs shaken this week when it was revealed that Vernon Kay was not dead.

Vernon Kay’s Wikipedia page had stated that Kay had died in a tragic yachting accident. Among the public outpouring of grief that followed was one dissenting voice. Rather importantly, that dissenting voice belonged to Vernon Kay.

Kay asserted that he was not dead and it became clear that the whole episode was merely a hoax. The rumours, as widely reported, coincided with Tim Berners Lee’s highlighting the internet’s capacity to spread inaccuracies.

Quite the PR coup for Berners Lee. Now Downtime is not going to suggest that Berners Lee’s little piece of serendipity was anything other than luck, but it does make you think… 

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