Monday, December 17, 2012

Subtle, Wikipedia, real subtle

I honestly think this whole second amendment obsession will be for future generations a "what were they smoking?" joke on par with "let them eat cake" or Hitler's invasion of Russia.

I mentioned before that i have a bad habit of looking at Wikipedia's "in the news" section - it angries up the blood - and today i ran across a delightful jab (or shot?) at the American gun fetish. These are two bullet points as they were presented, one right below the other on Wikipedia's main page.

  • Twenty-eight people, including the gunman, are dead following a shooting at an elementary school in the U.S. state of Connecticut.
  • Twenty-three people are injured in a knife attack at a primary school in the Chinese province of Henan.

One inevitable thought is that even with such a light touch, wikipedia is costing itself some contributions from conservatives. Then again, i doubt American conservatives have much love for Wikipedia anyway.
I'm reminded of some attempt to set up a fundamentalist version of it years ago (a fundie-pedia* if you will) because the real one has a 'liberal bias'. Ahem. No, no, no kiddies, Wikipedia does not have a liberal bias. It is a global endeavor dedicated to the free distribution of information. The very concept of Wikipedia is liberal in the true social (not economic) sense of the word.
*I thought i was being clever, but the name's already taken!

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