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Competing narratives on war are not new to Egypt. In fact, one of the most celebrated instances of this concerns the Battle of Kaddesh in 1279 BC, between the Egyptians and the Hitties. For many years, historians thought that the Egyptians had won a decisive victory here, going from Egyptian records set out in triumphal style on a temple wall. Many years later, a Hittite version of the treaty between Ramses II and the Hittite Empire revealed that the battle was really more of a tie – both sides claimed victory.

You’re right that a FedWiki version of the Battle of Kaddesh – or the October War – may well reveal a cacaphony of voices, none of which alone moves us closer to truth. However, without a center no orthodox opinion could emerge either. What would happen is that slowly, a consensus would appear. We can only speculate about how this would happen, what that process might entail, but in the end, a consensus may emerge that is unaffected by the heavy handed bullying that is endemic to all forms of centralized “opinion forming”.

As you have seen in WikiPedia’s October War page, there is an invisible hand at work at Wiki. This is not difficult to achieve when the objective is clearly to control a narrative at the source – on Wikipedia. It is much more difficult when the objective is to control a narrative without a central point – distributed across hundreds of thousands or millions of voices, all of which are richly informed by a plethora of unique and original sources. In this instance, opinion forms without artificial amplification, manipulation, misdirection, and deliberate falsification – or rather, these things are open to scrutiny at their source.

FedWiki will require more than technical training, people will need to learn new kinds of information literacy – this will move our focus from coding to the classroom. At this point, educators must step in.