I think in the end the people of the world will want both. We can choose to
serve that want or not. NPOV can function in both environments but can
subtly change in different cultures.
From: Delirium <delirium(a)hackish.org>
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 10:07:34 -0500
Subject: Re: [Wikipedia-l] Re: NPOV
Jack Lutz wrote:
On a similar note, see Bill Gates' essay on
Encarta titled "The facts depend
on where you are coming from". Ultimately he suggests it "present opposing
points of view where appropriate", but notice how the different language
editions are having their facts and emphasis warped to meet culture, because
"readers will get upset about content that may fly in the face of their
This sounds exactly contrary to NPOV, a lot more like "write biased
encyclopedias that will be more locally popular". If the Serbian
Wikipedia is biased towards the Serbian viewpoint when it comes to
regional conflicts, and the Bosnian Wikipedia is biased towards the
Bosnian viewpoint, then they're _useless_ when it comes to providing
NPOV information, and any Serbian or Bosnian interested in such
information would have to turn to one of the other Wikipedias (en, fr,
de, ...) for it.
I'd think we'd want people to be able to get globally neutral
information in their local language, not just the locally-biased version.
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