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Wikipedia and Iraq

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Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

The shambolic, illegal occupation of Iraq by Western powers has resulted in countless deaths (murder) of civilians.

The ‘war against terror’ is as much an info-war as it is one involving brutal death and destruction.

Enter Wikipedia into the affray. It’s an amazing resource. While controversy exists over the accuracy of its contents, a more interesting question is how it contests the authority of conventional (expert) knowledge. Moreover, what Wikipedia reveals is the politics of knowledge itself. A significant example is how the contents of a page about Iraqi “resistance” has been edited to “insurgency“.1

If you are unfamiliar with the principles of a wiki, it enables readers to collectively edit a page, and the page’s edited history is stored. In the case of Wikipedia, if controversy arises, the page can be locked disabling any further edits.

Click the thumbnail image below to compare how the key terms over the entry about Iraq have been edited/altered. A case of rewriting how we are meant to grasp war and violence in Iraq?

Wikipedia Iraq Entry

Notes
Originally posted on the darkmatter Journal
1For the latest Wikipedia entry now entitled ‘Iraq and Insurgency’, click here. (And has the article reverted back to include the term ‘resistance’?)

Written by sanjay sharma

21 Oct 07 at 5:06pm

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Art and Police – new issue of transversal web journal

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art and police http://transform.eipcp.net/transversal/1007

“The relationship between art practices and the state apparatuses of the police and judiciary has always been a tense one. In the criminalization of activist artists of the Critical Art Ensemble and the PublixTheatreCaravan, in the growing number of cases of the censorship and legal prosecution of artists and curators in the post-communist region, or in the application of terrorism paragraphs to critical scholarship as in the recent case of the Berlin sociologist Andrej Holm, there are more and more indications of an exacerbation of this relationship. Instead of seeing this new quality purely as a means of social subjugation, this issue of transversal seeks to grasp these phenomena in an expanded concept of policing (especially in a confrontation with the relevant theorems of Foucault and Rancière).”

Text from the translate mailing-list http://www.eipcp.net

Written by sanjay sharma

1 Oct 07 at 7:12pm

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