Joseph Reagle on the culture of Wikipedia

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by on February 1, 2011 · 2 comments

On this week’s podcast, Joseph Reagle, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, discusses his recent book, Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia. Reagle talks about early attempts to create online encyclopedias, the happy accident that preceded Wikipedia, and challenges that the venture has overcome. He also discusses the average Wikipedian, minority and gender gaps in contributors, Wikipedia’s three norms that allow for its success, and co-founder Jimmy Wales’ role with the organization.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/nicmart Nicolas Martin

    Wikipedia will always be a miserable piece of crap. Anyone with an axe to grind, and a willingness to master the Byzantine rules, can hijack an entry and block alternate views. You can see it in entry after entry.

    What Wikipedia demonstrates is that the collective wisdom of the masses is a myth.

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