osfavelados on Tue, 23 May 2000 20:33:43 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-bold] <nettime> nupedia as a war machine?

"son of a gun..."

I agree that the Nupedia has the potential to become an interesting resource that i would
myself be using. There's a beautiful passage in William Gibson's Mona Lisa Overdrive in
which Angie Mitchell talks to her house, whose brain or computer center, is equipped with
some kind of encyclopaedic resource, that can also look for, and get, video resources,
fiction and non fiction...

And of course it is easy to place objections to an ongoing project.
But still:

1. i was wondering how to turn a "tree like" [after Deleuze+Guattari] project of
knowledge  that aimes to reproduce the existing knowledge and the existing systems of
interpretation of the world -a machine of state-, into a "machine of war", that D+G
suggest art should be, and even sometimes, has been.

2. the other source of criticism, is inspired by educators like Brazilian Paulo Freyre,
who wrote about working with people to help them produce "their own word". This is opposed
to what he calls the "banking model" of education in which educators, usually representing
the state, define the programs, the words, that are significant... in the case of the
Nupedia it loks like it would be "the word" of north american academy/middle class... I
would rather /also read a Nupedia produced from the zapatistas standpoint: how would words
like "zapatismo", "gentrification, gangs, globalization, sweat shops, dual cities", read
in the Nupedia?, -if any disagreement among the peer readers-editors should be erased from
the final articles? And those are some of the relevant words many people would like to
learn about, to discuss.

os favelados


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