2021-03-15

Following The Leader

It used to be common when publishing a reference book to intentionally include an error so you could easily find who plagiarised your work. I doubt that’s the case here but what looks like the BBCs original cock-up has shown up how easily mistakes are spread in the digital age.

What’s difficult to grasp is how such an easy to check error was made in the first place and how it passed editorial approval.

Photo from a BBC article on the death of actor Yaphet Kotto with caption saying he’d played the alien in ‘Alien’ when he was in fact a crew member. This is the famous seen where the character played by John Hurt has a case of indigestion.

Text from a BBC article on the death of actor Yaphet Kotto saying he’d played the alien in ‘Alien’ when he was in fact a crew member.

Screen capture of a search on Yaphet Kotto’s death showing several sites with exactly the same error as the BBC.


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