An Irish student’s fake quote on the online encyclopedia Wikipedia has been used in newspaper obituaries around the world, an experiment that reveals the danger in relying solely on user-edited sources, AFT reports. The quote was attributed to French composer Maurice Jarre, who died in March. Shane Fitzgerald, 22, a final-year student studying sociology and economics at University College Dublin, said he placed the quote on the web site as an experiment when doing research on globalization. He quoted Oscar-winning composer Jarre as saying, "When I die there will be a final waltz playing in my head, that only I can hear." The quote was posted on Wikipedia shortly after Jarre’s death and later appeared in obituaries in major British, Indian, and Australian newspapers. Fitzgerald said he picked Wikipedia because it was something a lot of journalists look at and can be edited by anyone. While he was wary about the ethical implications of using someone’s death as a social experiment, he had carefully generated the quote so as not to distort or taint Jarre’s life, he said. Fitzgerald said he was shocked by the result of his experiment. "I didn’t expect it to go that far. I expected it to be in blogs and sites, but on mainstream quality papers? I was very surprised about," he said…

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