The right has a reality problem and so a major source of angst has been the rise of Wikipedia. The ubiquitous encyclopaedia has had a worrying trend of sticking to facts and reputable sources. It has its issues but it has largely avoided the ‘false balance’ problems of much of modern media. Coverage of topics such as evolution or global warming concentrate on the science rather than wacky alternatives or manufactured controversies.
One attempt to rectify Wikipedia’s annoying bias towards facts and verifiability has been Andrew Schlafly’s Conservapedia. This unintentionally hilarious site apparently has nearly 40 thousand entries but its most popular pages are primarily about pushing far-right Christian conservatism.
So what’s an Alt-right guy supposed to do when they need to look up something actually useful? Depend on Wikipedia which has become infested with terrible people who insist on stuff like ‘facts’ or ‘references’ or ‘not stuff you just made up one day’?
Now, I’m assuming this is a project of Vox Day’s for various reasons but I don’t know that for a fact . In a nutshell, it is this:
- Make a big copy of Wikipedia.
- Set up your own editorial policy.
- Edit out the bits you don’t like.
So for example, one of the editors of the main title page [Also one of the ‘Council members’] has made these contributions: http://infogalactic.com/info/Special:Contributions/Fenris
Main topics: Vox Day, John Scalzi (but of course!), John C Wright, Castalia House. Yup, it is all the glory of Wikipedia but now with extra bits about how John Sclazi is a big old mean poopy head . The main edit to the John Scalzi page is a detailed critique of his use of extended metaphors….nah, I’m kidding. The main edit is a big long paragraph on “Feud with Vox Day” which explains how Vox Day was right all along. It is both very very sad and very funny.
The site also has a set of “Canons” that describe its editing philosophy: http://infogalactic.com/info/Infogalactic:Seven_Canons
Canons 3,4,5,6 & are mainly rules of behaviour but canons 1, & 2 sum up the epistemological confusion at the heart of the Alt-right
Infogalactic does not define reality.
Infogalactic’s Starlords are not the reality police. Infogalactic is not Wikipedia, it is a dynamic knowledge core designed to be a useful, up-to-date reference for the user consulting it. Only the user can define his perspective; no one else can define what is true for him or force him to accept their subjective interpretation of reality, no matter how reliable their sources might be.
Infogalactic is written from an objective point of view.
Since no human being on the planet is neutral, objectivity is the most for which we can reasonably strive. Infogalactic is non-ideological and the Starlords will ruthlessly eliminate all ideological spin, framing, narrative, and context from the Fact-level pages regardless of whether they agree with it or not.
It’s like every postmodernist trying to cope with somebody just flat out lying to them. An internal dialogue of: All perspectives are equal but facts are facts, but I won’t tell you what are facts because I’m not going to dictate your perspective but these are the facts and they go here labelled as facts but understand these are subjective interpretations of reality and you have your perspective on these facts which are definitely FACTS etc.
Anyway…cheap laughs available for anybody wanting to see practical solipsism in action.