Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Conservative activism grows online

Today the LA Times reported on the emergence of Conservapedia, a right-wing creation modeled after the popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia.com. It began as a World History class project in New Jersey, and is now gaining momentum with a self-reported 12.3 million hits, a number appearing just beneath the daily bible verse.

From the Times:
Conservapedia defines environmentalists as "people who profess concern about the environment" and notes that some would want to impose legal limits on the use of toilet paper.

Femininity? The quality of being "childlike, gentle, pretty, willowy, submissive."

A hike in minimum wage is referred to as "a controversial manoeuvre that increases the incentive for young people to drop out of school."

And the state of the economy under President Bush? Much better than the "liberal media" would have you think: "For example, during his term Exxon Mobile has posted the largest profit of any company in a single year, and executive salaries have greatly increased as well."

Another one of my favorites: "Homosexuality is an immoral sexual lifestyle between members of the same sex. It is more than simply a sexual act, it is going beyond the boundaries that God has setup for marriage; one man and one woman."

Word. I guess the homie God don't like me.

The site boasts even more pitiful "definitions" and, of course, typos galore.

With fewer than 12,000 entries and typos galore (the misspelling of Mobil above; the mayor of L.A. is referred to as "Anthony Varigoso"), Conservapedia isn't about to supplant Wikipedia — which boasts 1.8 million articles in English alone.

Guess God didn't bless the conservatives with a firm grasp on the King's English.

Part of me didn't even want to post on this one on the simple principle of giving this type of trashiness more attention than it deserves. But as I began playing around on it, it humored me. Besides, it's always good to know what opposing ideologies you're up against.

Even though I might find Conservapedia hilarious, it's scary how serious this resurgence of conservative activism has become. It's no longer an issue that can be swept under the rug or cast aside as a "liberal/conservative" debate. This site is targeting high school students, who probably will watch the Simpson's movie and attend increasingly segregated schools. This is real, and folks from the Supreme Court to the schoolyard are steady waving that big banner of white supremacy with no holds barred. My questions is: what are we going to do about it?

1 comment:

Shimmy said...

CONSERVAPEDIA entry for the Scooter Libby commutation:

Archibald Cox's ghostly hand reached up from the earth but Brit Hume said this was an illusion caused by misaligned camera optics. Brit Hume said: "These 'sightings' and 'feelings' have been reported over the years and continue right up to this day even though the investigation of Scooter Libby produced no crime. We are in the midst of a not-very-serious case."