Controlling What We Think We Know

George Orwell is credited with saying “He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.”  Old farts like me who remember 30-volume sets of Encyclopedias made from dead trees often have tidbits of information filed deep in the cob webs of their long memories acquired back in the Web 0.0 era, but they don’t remember in enough detail to win an argument so they look it up.  Or try to look it up. 

Beware of the biases of your information providers.  A lot of stuff ends up down the memory hole.

Wikipedia’s zealots

By patrolling Wikipedia pages and ensuring that her spin reigns supreme over all climate change pages, she has made of Wikipedia a propaganda vehicle for global warming alarmists. But unlike government propaganda, its source is not self-evident. We don’t suspend belief when we read Wikipedia, as we do when we read literature from an organization with an agenda, because Wikipedia benefits from the Internet’s cachet of making information free and democratic. This Big Brother enforces its views with a mouse.

Everybody that puts any content on the Internet has an agenda.  I have mineLawrence Solomon has his.  And Kim Dabelstein Petersen has hers.

You are responsible for what you keep in your head.  You have a choice of whose truth to accept.  Choose wisely.

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