Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Take Back Wiki!

I have used Wikipedia many times. Overall it is as good a reference as any encyclopaedia, but like its written counterparts, Wikipedia all too often offers up the glossed-over, pap version of history.

After watching Michael Rivero of WhatReallyHappened.com fame go through hell trying to get a fair Wikipedia entry, I have become convinced that we should change Wikipedia - one article at a time.
Those of us who seek truth - no matter what the result - need to storm Wikipedia and set the record straight on many topics.

Take a couple hot topics of interest: capitalism and suicide bombings in Iraq: recently I was appalled to see Wikipedia's listings for "Suicide bombings in Iraq since 2003‎" and "Capitalism." There was no balance to the articles. Beliefs were stated as fact.
So I clicked "edit this page" and added some balanced counter disucssion and facts to what I considered to be one-sided, ideologically driven articles in what should be a fact-driven website. You'll notice in the above articles on Capitalism and Suicide bombings in Iraq since 2003, there are now sections at the tail of the first sections that show a little balance.

Wikipedia seems to show a definite slant toward favouring the establishment view, deleting articles that skew against commonly accepted beliefs. The worst they can do is delete your additions. After that, just write another addition with a more conservative slant - perhaps with more mainstream media links (they really like those).

Remember, read the rules and find as many mainstream media articles to bolster your views.

No comments: