Southern gospel and wikipedia
I’m surprised that there are not more southern gospel wikipdians out there sloughing off work, using up their employers’ bandwidth and generally obsessing over sg content on wikipedia. I seem to recall David Bruce Murray mentioning in passing somewhere that he’s contributed a bit to wikipedia (though I could be wrong), and you’ll see a few regular names pop up in predictable places (Daniel Mount and Quartetman, for instance, are all over the Cathedrals entry). But in general there’s not much representation of sg on wikipedia (I guess in Murray’s case it would cut against his own self-interest to populate a bunch of wikipedia pages with the same sort of content he’s building at sghistory.com). No Rex Nelon, no Janet Paschal, no Lefevres, no J.D. Sumner, no Gold City. No Jeff and Sherri, much less any Hinsons, Rambos or Hemphills.
Which is a bit strange. Check out any message board and you’ll see there are enough webheads among the sg online faithful - the kind of personalities that love the battle-royale style of word wars that regularly erupt at wikipedia over how to historicize or describe someone or something - to make me wonder what’s up. And too, I’m just cynical enough to be surprised there isn’t more using and abusing of wikipedia to perpetuate old fueds or post (in order to sabotage) wikipedia entries about opponents or rivals. I guess wikipedia’d have to matter more in sg before anything like that would happen.
Is the dearth of sg content just another instance of southern gospel being years behind the rest of the world in catching on to new phenomena? I have a friend who compulsively fights with other wikipedian avatars over obscure culinary matters such as what precisely constitutes etouffe and how many mint leaves a mojito takes, so it can’t be that sg is just too obscure or insular a culture that those who want or need to know already do and the rest of the world be damned, right? Though come to think of it, that kind of counter-intuitive thinking is a very southern-gospel way of approaching something like wikipedia. Or maybe the average discussion-board personality doesn’t come with the bookish ability or slightly nerdy interest to do the requisite research for wikipedia publication? No matter, you’d think more groups and artists would create pages for themselves, a la myspace, for the pure promotional value. Or not.
Update: I was wrong about Rex. H/t, Bobby. Also, scroll down the bottom of this page about the Homecoming Tour to see a list of a lot of common sg names without wikipedia entries (all names in red are entryless).Email this Post