Maja van der Velden
majava at ifi.uio.no
Mon Jun 14 16:04:26 CEST 2010
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?
>> 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
>> 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.
>> 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
>>> states that "websites like these are part of a growing trend of
>>> Islamisation on the web". I ask myself, what the consequences of
>>> separatism from the 'western' websites are going to be. Will we have
>>> information sources with different povs, so that we will be able to
>>> 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
>>> for the first, but I am not all too positive about it.
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