Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The Information Wars Continue

Information wars about access to information, access, which is all the time limited more and more by our government:

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) in a report released this week [PDF], Grand Canyon National Park is not permitted to give an official estimate of the geologic age of its principal feature, due to pressure from Bush administration appointees.

Furthermore, a book approved by the Service claiming the Grand Canyon was created by Noah's flood ,rather than by geologic forces, is on sale in the park for more than three years, even though a review was promised to Congress and the press. A Freedom of Information request [PDF] reveals that no review has ever been requested, nor taken place.

"In order to avoid offending religious fundamentalists, our National Park Service is under orders to suspend its belief in geology," stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch.

Amanda has more on the topic of why creationists find coping with the geological evidence so difficult.

The information wars are part of remaking the world in an image which pleases the fundamentalists, and this remaking is the price for their votes. It isn't enough to install wingnuts in all the parts of the government or to enact fundamentalist policies; the very information itself must be changed and tamed. The world must be represented in a way that corresponds to the fundamentalists' Bible.

Elsewhere similar trends can be discerned. Just check out the news summaries on Google, say. Then think about how such summaries would have looked ten years ago had Google existed then.