Posting to Autocat
On 1/21/2015 7:40 PM, J. McRee Elrod wrote:
> The word “Mythomane” has the meaning we are looking for, but would be > unknown to most patrons I suspect.
> “Hoaxes” is perhaps the best suggestion so far.
> Deciding what is a hoax and what is simply inaccurate would be > difficult. Rarely do people witnessing the same event agree about > what they saw. Also, would such a judgement breach our neutrality > policy?
It seems to me that the catalog as a whole handles this rather well right now. If we search for “The Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion” (the uniform title) in Worldcat as a subject (which is what we are talking about) we find: http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3A%22Protocols+of+the+wise+men+of+Zion%22
The first individual records are (out of many):
1) The history of a lie, “The protocols of the wise men of Zion” : a study. by Herman Bernstein; John Retcliffe, Sir
2) The plot : the secret story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion by Will Eisner; Umberto Eco
3) Warrant for genocide; the myth of the Jewish world-conspiracy and the Protocols of the elders of Zion by Norman Cohn
4) A lie and a libel : the history of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion by B W Segel; Richard S …
Already there is something similar that exists in Google. When I search for this boy’s book “The boy who came back from heaven” (at least I see):
1) The boy who didn’t come back from heaven: inside a bestseller’s ‘deception’
2) The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, Or Not?
3) What If Heaven Is Not For Real?
4) and then there is the Wikipedia page that says in the second sentence, “The book, published by Tyndale House Publishers in 2010, lists Alex’s father Kevin Malarkey as an author along with Alex, though in November 2012 Alex described the book as “1 of the most deceptive books ever.””
It seems to me that this is more than adequate.
The catalog can be a very powerful tool so long as it is used correctly. After all, that was how it was designed to work and our predecessors were pretty clever people. And as other tools come along–as they are now–we can use them so that the catalog can become even more powerful. The task ahead of us is to make this power of these tools more obvious to the user. Already, the information and the technology exists to do it all.
In this case, the boy’s surname is a tip-off as well. (Yes, that is a joke!)
I hesitate to change the fundamental role of catalogers and their records. I think that somebody, somewhere has to play the role of “unbiased arbiter”. Otherwise, if we are to be the arbiters of truth and falsehood, I fear we may be going down the road to create our own, modernized form of the “Index of Forbidden Books” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Index_Librorum_Prohibitorum)