Monday, October 28, 2013

The Trouble With Wikipedia

Good article, "The Decline of Wikipedia," from MIT's Technology Review. Another example of how the scope of the virtual world we frequently imagine to be limitless is just as likely to be constrained by traditional forms of power. Here's an excerpt:
Because Wikipedia has failed to replenish its supply of editors, its skew toward technical, Western, and male-dominated subject matter has persisted. In 2011, researchers from the University of Minnesota and three other schools showed that articles worked on mostly by female editors—which presumably were more likely to be of interest to women—were significantly shorter than those worked on mostly by male editors or by men and women equally. Another 2011 study, from the University of Oxford, found that 84 percent of entries tagged with a location were about Europe or North America. Antarctica had more entries than any nation in Africa or South America.

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