A feminist Wikipedia “Edit-a-thon” is being planned by the University of Colorado in an effort to rewrite the information that people have access to. And of course, it’s all Donald Trump’s fault.
In what many people are describing as an Orwellian nightmare, feminists in Boulder will be editing and changing entries that they feel don’t fit in with their narrative/perception of the world.
As reported by the Daily Caller, the “changing of the past to control the future” is being justified as:
“It’s a mix of people, but they usually come with the goal of righting a wrong,” said Stacey Allan, who hosted an edit-a-thon last year, according to The Frame. “They will come with someone in mind that they were shocked to find didn’t already exist on Wikipedia, and they want to make sure they correct that today.”
“Wikipedia is something that belongs to all of us. It’s not a privately held resource, its content isn’t motivated by the whims of any owners,” said Art+Feminism’s organizers. “When you have a government actively pushing ‘alternative facts,’ improving the reliability and completeness of Wikipedia is an important act of everyday resistance.”
In what is surely the most ill-thought statement so far this year:
“Despite its wide reach, Wikipedia suffers from a gender gap,” says the UC Boulder page. “And its content is skewed by the lack of women’s voices.”
Many on Social media are pointing out that Wikipedia is essentially created by the public, and that if there is a lack of female/feminist representation on site, it is most likely because the females and feminists have not bothered to add it in the first place.