Wikipedia Revisited -1984?
We have described before the deliberate attempts from AOL to manipulate Wikipedia entries on Ravi Shankar, and the Art of Living. This is the first post, and this post also describes the aol efforts to keep the web clean from aol critique. It sort of reminds me of the book “1984” by George Orwell, and the way history kept being re-written, in an extremely authoritarian regime. Now, as the lies about Ravi’s education starts surfacing, aol will be busy rewriting history once again.
The book also describes how censoring of language was used to manipulate the citizens. “Double-plus-good”, my friends! In my time in AOL, I experienced the same loading of language. We were encouraged to use “jai guru dev” for hellos as well as goodbyes, and anything in between, including expressions of dislike. Suddently it was frowned upon if you confessed to having a “problem”, because in AOL we didn’t have “problems”, only “challenges”. And shame on you if you “tried” to do something, because “trying” implied not “being 100%”.
Big Brother is watching you, of course, in 1984. See any similarites with having an allegedly omniscient Guru??
Read the book. It is dystopic and depressing, but very educational. And read also the latest initiatives below, from the AOL mind-police. Luckily, they seem to have been exposed on Wikipedia!
date Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 1:50 AM
subject URGENT: please read :)hide details
Dear Ones,The response has been very good from your side, thank you so much. HOWEVER, please note the following: This is what one of my friends told me, who knows a lot about Wikipedia:
“So much enthusiasm! Some damage-control is needed and we need to reel this request in and slow down. We are now suspected of manipulating the article because of the repeat and the sudden burst of entries all at once (which was helpful to some extent). Could you send out follow-up e-mails asking people to:
1) space out their comments over the next four days (2 people/day right now). Please give people a day to post.
2) rewrite the comment in their own words.
3) make a couple of other edits somewhere on wikipedia So PLEASE be aware of this: maybe don’t make any new post today, only tommorow or the day after! And PLEASE check if the same comment has not been posted already! This is VERY important!!!Let’s make this a success. Besides this it would be great if you could make a few other changes on wikipedia somewhere else (maybe the pages about your city or country, or something), to make it look like you did not just come to vote for Guruji’s page.Thank you so much! Please contact me with any questions.
From Alex Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 12:56:05 +0530
I have sent this e-mail to you, because we urgently need some help (will only take a few minutes of your time) from people all over the world – and I have selected all of you, because I know you will be able to help me with this! 🙂 To summarize the ‘challenge’: Guruji’s page on Wikipedia keeps being moved back to ‘Ravi Shankar (spiritual leader)’, from ‘Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’. We, of course, would like him to be called ‘Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’. Because the page kept being moved back and forth by a few people, Wikipedia has made it into a ‘case’ :). We have up till the end of 21st August to put forward reasons FOR the page being called ‘Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’. Because it makes a much stronger stand, if different people from different countries put forward arguments FOR our case, we would like to request all of you to help us, by posting an argument. I have attached 18 arguments, please post the argument I have assigned to you (see list below). PLEASE CHECK BEFORE POSTING THAT THE ARGUMENT IS NOT YET THERE. This is e-mail is meant only for YOU, so please do not forward it to anyone else. If all of you help us, that should be more than sufficient. Please contact me for any clarifications! Thank you so much! 🙂 PLEASE LET ME KNOW ONCE YOU HAVE POSTED YOUR ARGUMENT. IT SHOULD BE DONE ASAP. Hope all of you are doing well!
———LIST OF ASSIGNED ARGUMENTS——–
Argument 1: Claudio
Argument 2: Tapio
Argument 3: Robert
Argument 4: Madhu
Argument 5: Bhamini
Argument 6: Misha
Argument 7: Eva
Argument 8: Neesha
Argument 9: Jeremy
Argument 10: Maite
Argument 11: Maksim
Argument 12: Massimo
Argument 13: Patrick
Argument 14: Anja
Argument 15: Alejandro
Argument 16: Gerlinde
Argument 17: James
Argument 18: Konstantin