Carl Wilson Wikipedia Article

Carl Wilson Wikipedia Article
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I listened to “Steamboat” by the Beach Boys on the way home from work today. Listening to the Beach Boys reminds me of my childhood and singing in the car with my parents. Those songs bring back good memories. A couple of years ago, I watched “Echo in the Canyon”, a Netflix documentary about the musical scene in Laurel Canyon in the 1960’s. The Beach Boys played a prominent role in that era. A look at their harmonies and music styles made me appreciate the band more. When choosing a Wikipedia article, I chose Carl Wilson.

 A Critique of Carl Wilson’s Wikipedia Page

 The Wikipedia article about Carl Wilson detailed the singer’s life from a neutral point of view. At the end of the article, Wikipedia discussed Wilson’s conscientious objector status during the war in Vietnam. The article discussed the status as a fact and not something to be debated. There was no inflammatory language used such as, “draft-dodger” or references to “un-American behavior”. However, I failed to find a reference for Carl’s objector status, although it was common knowledge. A simple google search brought up several articles.

 The verifiability of the article was clear. Additionally, I chose Carl Wilson because his history would be so easy to verify. Carl’s article was well documented and verified. However, the article lacked verification regarding when Carl’s sons were born. It maybe something that the subject and his wife kept quiet about. A subsequent search revealed no more information. Wikipedia editors may just want to delete the dates of birth for Wilson’s children.

 There did not appear to be any original research regarding Carl Wilson in the article. I appreciated the article that just presented facts. The language used was neutral and took no positive or negative position.

Jason Ledford

Jason Ledford

Augusta, Ga