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Re: <nettime> 'Wikipedia Art' Wikipedia entry deleted 15 February 2009
dj lotu5 on Mon, 16 Feb 2009 15:57:29 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> 'Wikipedia Art' Wikipedia entry deleted 15 February 2009


i applaud the wikipedia art originators for this lovely gesture which 
exposes yet again the closed nature of these websites which are 
supposedly so democratic, wikipedia, myspace, facebook, when in fact 
they represent corporate interests, and in the case of wikipedia, simply 
duplicate the existing lowest common denominator notions of what 
knowledge is. i'm reminded of the european graduate school wikipedia 
entry furor (read the discussion on the EGS wikipedia page to see it) 
and how i learned in the process that while wikipedia is held up as a 
bastion of democratic knowledge production and the commons, in fact, any 
statements in wikipedia which are not backed up by either government, 
educational institutions or corporate media are subject to deletion.



Andreas Broeckmann wrote:
> dear ed,
> clearly, the wikipedia people are very serious about what they are
> doing; they are acting like a universal 'land owner' who would say
> that there should not be any Land Art, or a proprietary owner of
> the Internet who would say that there should not be any Internet
> Art, because it was not made for it. unfortunately, this is not even
> a case of cruel censorship, but of systemic stupidity (which has
> its advantages in what they are doing), since they cannot recognise
> the existence of something that has no credible credentials. (this
> dilemma, and debates like this which flow from it, are at the heart of
> their grander struggle for credibility.)

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