Believe it or not, this online information resource has actually become the “go-to” site for information for MANY in today’s society.
Right now, the site is getting around 1.7 billion unique visitors per month
That’s a LOT of people heading to the ad-free site for information.
Imagine if founders Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger had set it up as a for-profit site. They’d probably be two of the world’s richest men and we’d be talking about them in the same breath as Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk.
But they didn’t go the monetization route. Instead, Wikipedia was set up to be a free, community-controlled site, and it’s been that way ever since it was created back in 2001.
However, while Sanger was involved during the early stages and launch of Wikipedia, he grew unhappy and disillusioned with the entire thing and left the site in 2002.
He has actually been an opponent of the site ever since, and nobody can tell whether this is sour grapes over his departure or if, much like Dr. Victor Frankenstein and his monster, he sees the damage that his creation has caused and wants to destroy his own work.
Why Wikipedia Founder HATES His Creation
Since 2007, Sanger has been awfully vocal about Wikipedia, at one point saying in an interview, “While Wikipedia is still quite useful and an amazing phenomenon, I have come to the view that it is also broken beyond repair.”
And why does Sanger think the page is broken?
Back in 2007, he cited “serious management problems, to an often-dysfunctional community, to frequently unreliable content, and to a whole series of scandals”…all of which are valid concerns.
But in 2021, Sanger has a different reason to be critical of his creation.
“The days of Wikipedia’s robust commitment to neutrality are long gone.
Wikipedia’s ideological and religious bias is real and troubling, particularly in a resource that continues to be treated by many as an unbiased reference work.”
Or, to put it a little more plainly, it’s become biased and politicized towards the Left. All you have to do is look at the Wikipedia entries for “socialism” and “communism” to get a good look at just how unreliable this site has become.
Even though the entries for “Socialism” and “Communism” are MASSIVE, there is NO mention of the genocides and atrocities committed by socialist and communist regimes like the Bolshevik revolution that saw tens of MILLIONS starved or murdered, or Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” in which even MORE people died in the name of “social progress.”
But this bias has been noticed by a number of Wikipedia users…
And the more people notice, the more they stop trusting the site. Users aren’t happy about the misinformation that this community is advancing.
Biased And Imbalanced Disinformation
George Mason University economics professor Bryan Caplan says of Wikipedia’s huge oversight on the horrors of socialism and communism, “The omission of large-scale mass murder, slave labor, and man-made famines is negligent and deeply misleading.”
Caplan notes that while these pages include plenty of history and go into great detail of many of the aspects of these economic philosophies, they omit the atrocities that are a HUGE part of these paradigm shifts.
For example, the page for socialism says, “The Soviet era saw some of the most significant technological achievements of the 20th century.” However, it completely fails to mention the man-made famine caused by Joseph Stalin taking the food from regions like Ukraine and Kazakhstan to export to foreign countries, leaving millions to starve to death in the name of “progress.”
That’s not progress…
That’s slave labor.
So, the next time you, your kids, or your grandkids talk about doing a research paper, hand them directions to their local library instead of letting them use Wikipedia.
Tell them to crack a few books (for the younger generation, those are the things that have paper in them, with words printed that tell you things) and REALLY look for the truth instead of accepting the information we’re being spoon-fed.
If Wikipedia’s own founder sees this as a bad thing…
Maybe we ALL should.
“There is no difference between communism and socialism, except in the means of achieving the same ultimate end: communism proposes to enslave men by force, socialism – by vote. It is merely the difference between murder and suicide.” – Ayn Rand
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