The Greening of Wikipedia
The corruption of definitions. Remember "open source" knowledge? Wikipedia as the "mind dump" of the world? What's to prevent a government, party or faction from taking ownership of an open source project? Slashdot reports the German government is training contributors to write hundreds of articles about renewable resources in the Internet encyclopedia. "The German chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation is hiring a Wikipedian to coordinate the efforts. 'The challenge will be to motivate experts who have done good work in other projects to get involved in the community lexicon." But with government funding driving the posting of articles on Wikipedia at some point the community lexicon may become indistinguishable from the lexicon of the German Green Party.
Speaking of redefining the terms, Oxblog notes that some environmentalists have a solution to those who would deny the existence of Global Warming. Lock them up. Why? Because Climate Denial=Holocaust Denial. Accept the premise, accept the conclusion.
Guardian columnist and author George Monbiot wrote: "Almost everywhere, climate change denial now looks as stupid and unacceptable as Holocaust denial" ... Margo Kingston wrote: "David Irving is under arrest in Austria for Holocaust denial. Perhaps there is a case for making climate change denial an offence. It is a crime against humanity, after all."