Information Landmine

"The Americans keep telling us how successful their system is. Then they remind us not to stray too far from our hotel at night." - An un-named EU trade representative quoted during international trade talks in Denver, Colorado, 1997.

Monday, March 26, 2007

"Reality has a well-known liberal bias..."

It sounds like something from the Colbert Report, but as far as anyone can tell, Conservapedia is not actually a brilliantly conceived bit of satire, it's an online encyclopedia founded on the reasoning that Wikipedia is controlled by a cabal of hyper-liberal editors. Why exactly people continue to read this left-wing nonsense is unclear (Conservapedia's very clear about the idea that they represent the opinion of the majority), possibly the conspiracy extends to the Google page-ranking system as well.

This is maybe the greatest and craziest product of the myth of the liberal media yet: not content with taking over the mass media, those clever lefties have somehow managed to co-ordinate a conspiracy of hundreds of thousands of contributors in different countries, and get millions of people to read it.

Also, today's fact of the day is excellent:

"You probably did not learn about the Great Flood in school, or view Michelangelo's painting of it in art class. Surprised that Michelangelo accepted the Great Flood? 60% of Americans today accept that the Great Flood occurred."

It may also surprise you to know that Michelangelo did NOT believe in evolution.


Blogger Steve said...

In the strange, paranoid world of modern US conservatism, pretty much ALL foreigners, with the noted exception of The Iron Lady, are anti-American, leftist neo-Bolsheviks intent on destroying the American way of life, based as it is (by their definition) on laissez-faire capitalism; a paradoxical mix of personal libertarianism and the jack-booted surveillance state; and an unswerving devotion to selected teachings of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ(tm).

Or, as a popular right-wing bumper sticker of the last 25 years has put it: "God, guns and guts: what made America great!"

If hundreds of thousands of people in different countries are allowed to contribute to Wikipedia, it's liberal bias must be inherent. Or so the wacked-out American right-wing logic goes.

27 March, 2007 21:49  

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