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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Conservapedia, Cui Bono?

On the one hand, Conservapedia is too preposterous to be taken seriously. It's just a little too close to a leftist's caricature of what they imagine the right wing is like.

On the other hand, I can't imagine anybody putting that much effort into a parody.

According to dpbsmith, a commenter on Dispatches from the Culture Wars:

Well, they sort of brought it on themselves by positioning themselves as an alternative to Wikipedia and making inflated claims... but it's too bad, because one of the premises of the site is really quite interesting.

It is a site for teenagers--Christian homeschooled teenagers, but never mind that--to learn by doing. The theory is that by writing encyclopedia articles they'll learn about the subject matter of the articles.

In that case, the people most likely to gain from the silly parts of Conservapedia are people opposed to home schooling, e.g., teachers unions. I suspect the idea originally came from a union mole.

On the other hand, maybe I should look into tinfoil hats …

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