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Destroying Wikipedia from the Inside Out  

2008-08-28 16:52:09|  分类: 市场营销 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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Warning: links in this article lead to pages with explicit sexual content.

In an article at World Net Daily posted only two days ago you can read some shocking news: FBI investigates the Wikimedia foundation as a result of reports about the presence of questionable material (with serious, explicit sexual content) present on Wikipedia. The list, according to WND, includes:

  • Recordings of women experiencing orgasms
  • Videos of nude men participating in “ejaculation educational demonstrations”
  • Detailed photographs of men and women masturbating
  • Images of mammary intercourse
  • Close-up images of topless women and male and female sexual anatomy
  • Large-scale photos of men performing oral sex on one another (and performing oral sex on themselves)
  • An illustrated list of sex positions
  • Threesomes
  • Photos of nude strippers
  • and a photo of a nude girl (possibly aged 10) “in a provocative pose. Her chest is completely exposed and a small crack is placed over her vagina.

The last item on the list is still present on Wikipedia as I write these lines. Apparently the Wikipedia editors who included such content on the site consider the image “educational.”

Virgin Killer is the fourth studio album by the German heavy metal band Scorpions. It was released in 1976, and was the first album of the band to attract attention outside Europe. The album’s original cover portrayed a naked prepubescent girl with cracked glass covering her genitals. The band explained the cover as having something to do with “a little girl who doesn’t know about the bad things in life” and “time being a virgin killer”. It generated significant controversy, and in response the band released a second album cover consisting of a group shot.

The image is seriously disturbing, especially for all rational parents in this world who have children that age. What is more disturbing is that the image was nominated for deletion on 2007 November 27 and the result of the discussion was keep.

It took FBI a while to finally come up to the idea to investigate the reports. Personally I’ve never searched for pornographic content on Wikipedia, but for the sake of this article today I proofed my sources and as I write, I am still in deep shock. Just take a look at the image on this Wikipedia page.

Now let’s make things clear: many children and teenagers use Wikipedia as reference for their school projects. Can we still regard Wikipedia as a serious educational resource for our children when we find such content in its pages?

Jay Walsh, head of communications at Wikimedia, comes up with an even more disturbing explanation:

We don’t censor any of the content. There are a number of images that people might be alarmed by. … You could open up a classic Britannica or World Book Encyclopedia, and you’d find entries on sex and sexual topics, perhaps not as deep or prolific as you might find on Wikipedia, but that’s kind of a reality of the 21st century. - source of the quote WND

Where do we draw the line between sexual education and hardcore?

Wikipedia logo.Mr. Walsh is obviously aware of the fact that Wikipedia displays images with more than “explicit” sexual content. Such images are illegal for people under 18 in many countries, not only in the US.

Personally I don’t give a damn on what is legal in the US. The truth is that some of the images on Wikipedia are illegal all over the world and Wikipedia belongs to the world. Come on, Wikimedia and Mr. Walsh: this is the Internet. Show some respect!

There are no warnings such as “content not suitable under 18″ on any of the pages about hardcore pornography at Wikipedia. Besides, how can any one in the right mind compare Britannica, which is authored by respected scientists, with Wikipedia where any porn advocate can publish his trash freely?

If Wikipedia wants to keep the porn pages and images, fine. So be it. But what about password protecting such entries? What about letting this content available solely for the registered editors of the Wikipedia to tame their thirst of pornographic knowledge?

Wikipedia has a “porn star award” for “outstanding contributions to pornography articles on Wikipedia” if you can believe this.

Where are the awards for outstanding contributions to history articles, culture and such? Obviously education, when it is not pornography, comes in second at the Wikipedia.

Safeguard your dream, Mr. Wales!

Think about it: Jimmy Wales is a visionary, a man who spends his time helping children of the third world prepare for a better future. I am sure he is somehow aware of the content of Wikipedia, but I wonder if he is aware o the “deep” and the “prolific.”

Mr. Wales, when the people you hire to keep an eye on your dream talk without thinking, you should probably hire someone who can - of course, unless your dream was to create the world’s most respected pornographic resource.

Should we add wikipedia.org at the list of banned domains in our child-protection software? Wouldn’t that deprive the children of all the other great content at Wikipedia?

Why do we need FBI when things could be solved so easily: Wikipedia should never allow pornographic content. We have enough pornographic sites on the Web (somehow they all manage to display a “warning: sexual content” on their pages). Why do we need to worry about Wikipedia too?

We should carefully monitor what our children are doing online, the porn advocates will argue. All right! How many of you, mothers and fathers, were aware that Wikipedia is in the red light district?

Update: an article at Mashable points out that Wikimedia recently hired Erik Moeller, alleging that he is a pedophilia advocate. This is getting scarier and scarier as we dig deeper!


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