User talk:Mbridger

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May 2014[edit]

Information icon Please do not add original research or novel syntheses of published material to articles like The Slave Ship . Please cite a reliable source for all of your contributions. Thank you....Modernist (talk) 21:34, 5 May 2014 (UTC)


I did not do any of these things: I simply corrected a wrong analysis of Turner's painting. The source I referenced, George P. Landow, is a professor (I think emeritus) of English and Art History at Brown University: Isn't that reliable?

I don't understand your comment. The view of the painting I present is, I think, the consensus of art critics and historians, not any sort of "original research" (I am a professor but not of Art) or "synthesis". I am really puzzled by how Wikipedia is working here. Just take a look at the painting and read about its history and Turner's hatred of slavery. How can one interpret this painting as just about the ascendency of nature -- without a single mention of slavery? Who wrote this nonsense? It is a narrow and overly academic bit of fiddle faddle. Who's the actual Wiki-referee here?

You obviously haven't bothered to read the whole article, and you don't use any references at all. Your tone is inappropriate for an encyclopedia, and you removed referenced material that does not actually contradict what you were adding at all. Johnbod (talk) 00:08, 8 May 2014 (UTC)