2005-01-26

Disinfopedia goes SourceWatch

--- Das Anti-Propaganda-Wiki Disinfopedia (betrieben vom Center for Media and Democracy) hat an seinem Namen selbst mal ein wenig herumgesponnen und hört nun auf den Titel SourceWatch (eventuell auch inspiriert von den ganzen Mediawatchern und Watchblogs). Zur Begründung schreibt Sheldeon Rampton von der Nichtregierungsorganisation: Launched in March 2003, the Disinfopedia has grown rapidly to include more than 6,000 articles about PR firms, think tanks, industry-friendly experts and many of the other individuals and institutions that play an important role in shaping public opinion and public policies. We're very happy with the way supporters of our work have stepped forward to contribute information and insights to the project. Along the way, however, we began to hear complaints about the name, which some people felt sounded too "paranoid." Others pointed out that as the Disinfopedia grew, it came to include a range of people and organizations, some of which are indeed guilty of deceptive practices, but not all. I think that these are legitimate criticisms. I am the person who coined the name "Disinfopedia." It was intended in part as a reference to the Wikipedia, a free, online, wiki-based encyclopedia that runs on the same software. It was also intended as a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the Bush administration's ill-fated Total Information Awareness program. Our original logo for the Disinfopedia, which you can see here, even mimicked the TIA's own logo, with its all-seeing eye. ... After surveying Disinfopedia users and consulting with a number of people who have been friends and advisors to the Center for Media and Democracy, we settled on the new name "SourceWatch." We feel that this name accurately reflects the project's expanded purpose: to track the the people and organizations that serve as sources of information and ideas regarding important public issues.

Ganz interessant dazu auch eine Meldung in der FT zum Thema Glaubwürdigkeit von NGOs: Pressure groups and charities have overtaken governments, media and big businesses to become the world's most trusted institutions, according to an international poll to be presented this week to the World Economic Forum in Davos. An annual survey of attitudes in eight countries suggests public trust has been eroded by scandals such as corporate malfeasance and discredited journalism. The survey, conducted in December for Edelman, a US public relations firm, found that non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as Amnesty International and Greenpeace now scored the highest for trustworthiness in the US and Europe. Kein Wunder bei all dem Gespinne von Politikern und vielen Mainstream-Medien.