Monday, January 11, 2010


What makes someone "notable"? As David Segal said, "Wiki-worthiness has quietly become a new digital divide, separating those who think they are notable from those granted the imprimatur of notability by a horde of anonymous geeks." (Ouch, burn.)

I don't claim to be an expert on Wikilaw. I leave it to you to judge our friend Randall Munroe. You and I know him as the author of the webcomic xkcd. You may not know, however, that he is...

The guy gets around.

1 comment:

  1. Well, at least all of these mentions of Randall call him "writer of xkcd" or something equivalent, rather than "former NASA contractor".

    I just looked at the xkcd article, and they finally fixed it. It used to open, "xkcd is a webcomic created by Randall Munroe, a former contractor for NASA". Yeah, he worked for NASA for a bit. He's also a former high school student, may well have formerly had a job flipping burgers, and has surely done lots of other things for short periods of time that shouldn't define him.