[Wikipedia-l] pitching an idea

Jimmy Wales jwales at wikia.com
Sat Apr 23 15:03:59 UTC 2005

Steve Lefevre wrote:
> I don't think NPOV is that startling -- hasn't that idea been around in
> journalism for the past century? I would think that most other
> encyclopedias make that claim.

The startling bit isn't neutrality or nonbias as concepts but rather
NPOV as a social concept of co-operation.

> Language did not evolve as a mirror of the truth. Writing that purports
> to come from a neutral point of view comes off as stilted and awkward.
> Language is a way to debate, argue, and convince. I say put language to
> its best use and let proponents make their case.

There's nothing wrong with doing that, too.  NPOV isn't the only way to
write.  But it certainly is interesting.


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