Holy cow, I wrote a book!
Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Wikipedia entry
as a yardstick for other Wikipedia entries.
At the time I'm writing this blog entry,
her Wikipedia article is 1600 words long.
So 1600 words is how many words Wikipedia assigns to
the 20th most powerful woman (and the most powerful female lawyer)
in the world.
By comparison, Wikipedia has collectively decided that
2007 Philadelphia Eagles season
merits 5500 words.
The exploits of a lackluster last-place American football team
therefore clocks in at 3.4 Ginsburgs.
In a sense,
Wikipedia says that a last-place football team's exploits
is over three times more significant
than the most powerful woman lawyer in the world.
The fictional character
John Locke from the television program Lost
comes in at 4900 words, or just above 3 Ginsburgs.
Apparently Wikipedia thinks that it's notable that Locke
likes Gold Toe socks.
The plot summary for the movie Little Man
is approximately 1.5 Ginsburgs.
That's just the plot summary, not the entire entry.
We know more about the plot to a mediocre film than we know
about a Supreme Court Justice.
It's not just
that has taken the lead on Wikipedia.
It's specifically post-2000 popular culture.
The television program The Brady Bunch,
which has been influencing United States popular culture for decades,
merits a simple
list of episodes,
whereas the short-lived and totally forgotten show
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip spends
1300 words just on the subject of
references from the show to other Sorkin shows.
Even the Internet video
The Bus Uncle weighs in at 1.8 Ginsburgs.
Slate's Timothy Noah,
who is certainly more notable than I am,
takes issue with Wikipedia's notability guidelines
evicted from Wikipedia
Reuters noted that
the Wikipedia page is the new status symbol.
For some reason I have a Wikipedia entry, despite not being
"the subject of multiple, non-trivial published works
from sources that are reliable and independent
of the subject and of each other."
As far as I'm aware, nobody has written even one book about me,
much less multiple.