<CPOV> Ilmpedia

Maja van der Velden majava at ifi.uio.no
Mon Jun 14 16:04:26 CEST 2010

Hi Juliana,

I am traveling and i don't have much time. I find this an interesting  
topic. I am sorry i have to be brief in my reply. Maybe i  
misunderstand, but i understand in this context 'christianization' and  
'western' as different from each other. I based my comment on the fact  
that there are christian websites, christian search engines, christian  
software releases (e.g. http://www.ubuntuce.com/) etc. that target  
people with Christian religious beliefs.

In my CPOV presentation i proposed the idea of a distributed  
Wikipedia. I know that is understood as something else as the sites  
mentioned in your article. But i think we already have many POVs.  
Having your POV made invisible may do more harm.



On Jun 14, 2010, at 3:47 PM, Juliana Brunello wrote:

> Hi Maja,
> I don't believe we can speak of 'christianization of the web', but  
> from a
> 'westernization'. Basically, the internet was born in the west and  
> it was
> only natural for it to represent western views. I do praise  
> diversity, but
> that was not my point. The question is, if separating povs - a chinese
> encyclopedia, a muslim, a 'western' - that do not communicate with one
> another. Will the definitions of reality of each nation be  
> strengthen and
> cooperation and understanding among them be weakened?
> Juliana
>> Hi Juliana,
>> We can also speak of the 'christianization on the web' - but that
>> trend does not seem to attract the same media coverage.
>> About 'separatism': If 'western' is perceived as representative of  
>> the
>> world, then, I guess you can call the move away 'separatism'.
>> I find it sometimes more productive to look for the differences
>> (diversity) within a system or category and the similarities across
>> systems or categories.
>> Greetings,
>> Maja
>> On Jun 14, 2010, at 2:39 PM, Juliana Brunello wrote:
>>> Islamicfacebook.com, NaqaTube, imhalal.com and now Ilmpedia. These
>>> are all
>>> Muslim sites based on well known 'western' social sites. Ilmpedia
>>> will be
>>> an encyclopedia based mostly on Islamic sources. The article linked
>>> below
>>> states that "websites like these are part of a growing trend of
>>> Islamisation on the web". I ask myself, what the consequences of  
>>> this
>>> separatism from the 'western' websites are going to be. Will we have
>>> more
>>> information sources with different povs, so that we will be able to
>>> form
>>> our own opinions in a more balanced way; or will we have the
>>> opposite, one
>>> stream fighting the other and strengthening biased povs even more? I
>>> wish
>>> for the first, but I am not all too positive about it.
>>> http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=244958
>>> Juliana
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