I don’t know very much about technology. When I was in University, I received a D in an Introduction to the Internet course. The bottom line is, the course was worth it. Even though the professor was very hard on me, I learned a thing or two.
Let’s say that I am writing a program that... I don’t know, helps you find a parking space in a large city. Let’s say that I’m not an Israeli and not trying to get rich from it. Let's say I want it to be the best and most efficient program in the world and I’m willing to take advice from others. Let’s just say...
Most of us know 'that open code thing' as Wikipedia. It’s awesome and genius that everyone on the planet can share their wisdom and knowledge with the rest of the world, and anyone can read and gain from that knowledge. Man, this is insane! Imagine how smart we can become, there is no limit!
But what is the definition of the word Wiki. Does anyone even know what that means? I didn’t know either . . . so I looked it up on Wikipedia. Wiki means fast in Maldivian (the language of the Maldivian Island natives). Nice….
But wait a minute- someone defined wiki in Wikipedia! Who wrote that? How do they know it’s true? Where are the Maldive Islands? That is exactly the problematic point with sharing information using open code online. You don’t always know where the information came from or how true it is.
The problem is not the Internet. The problem is on the street- on campus, in real life. But it turns out that the real world is not that far from the online world. Whoever wants to challenge Israel's legitimacy, figured that out a long time ago, a really long time ago.
Whoever does support Israel in the Diaspora also understands that public opinion is an open code. We figured it out much later than our haters, but at least we did. We are doing everything we can to combat the misinformation that has been presented for many years. We are doing our best to defend the truth but we are too little and too late. This is an effort that anyone who has Israel in his mind or liberalism and democracy in his heart, should be a part of.
Here is a clip that says what I am saying in better language and nicer accent-
Oh, and by the way, Wiki means 'fast' in Hawaiian. Not in Maldivian. In the Maldives Islands, they speak Dibahi. There is no such language as 'Maldivian' at all.
If I had not told you that, and someone asked you what language is spoken in the Maldives Islands, you would have answered confidently "Maldivian" because you read it somewhere, sometime...
You could have found the information that you just read in my blog really cool and tell a friend, “Ah, you know what Wiki means? It's 'fast' in Maldivian, man.” And he would reply, “No way?!” And you would have said, “for sure man, I just read it yesterday !”
It's that simple to make us believe that something is the truth.
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