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Friday, February 23, 2007

Socialists at Conservapedia

The news that a self-described conservative has organized Conservapedia, a conservative alternative to Wikipedia has been going around ScienceBlogs. I noticed that the list of the Biases of Wikipedia includes:

Unlike most encyclopedias and news outlets, Wikipedia does not exert any centralized authority to take steps to reduce bias or provide balance; it has a "neutral point of view" policy but the policy is followed only to the extent that individual editors acting in social groups choose to follow it. For example, CNN would ensure that Crossfire had a representative of the political right and one from the political left. In contrast, Wikipedia policy allows bias to exist and worsen.
Central planning? No thanks.

Come to think of it, they appear to be advocating a version of the Fairness Doctrine. So if a Conservapedia article or two is written by Floyd R. Turbo …

Addendum: Oh bleep. A couple of conservative blogs are taking this seriously.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Jon Swift said...

It's about time we have an encyclopedia based on good conservative Christian values, unlike Wikipedia, which is based on Wiccan.

5:42 AM  
Blogger Joseph said...

So... how are things in Lilliput nowadays?

5:28 PM  
Anonymous Dave Munger said...

Meh, "centralized" was a poor choice of word, "authority" is probably the operant one there. Someone who's responsible for the content. Would you call a single author blog "centrally planned"?

8:39 PM  

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