Posts Tagged: wikipedia

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #144: Cathy Linh Che

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“I think a safe space is one of deep listening and deep caring.”

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What Do I Do With My Fear?: A Conversation with Megan Stielstra

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Megan Stielstra discusses her new essay collection, The Wrong Way to Save Your Life, fear, privilege, and the intersection of politics and everyday life.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Rosalie Moffett

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Rosalie Moffett discusses her new collection June in Eden, writing humor in poetry, using contemporary references, and trying to understand the world.

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Wiki One Percent

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Jennifer Ouellette reports on recent studies of Wikipedia’s editorial hierarchy. While the site was founded on democratic ideals, the reality has turned into something quite different: Their analysis demonstrates that Wikipedia is actually quite conservative from an evolutionary standpoint: it preserves those aspects that worked early on. As the community added new members and grew […]

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Total Noise and Complete Saturation

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For as long as I can remember I’ve been interested, in a clinical way, in silence.

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All of Wikipedia, In Print

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We all know the rise of Wikipedia and its always-accessible treasure trove of information was the decisive nail-in-the-coffin for those dusty, hardcover encyclopedia sets. But for the people behind Print Wikipedia, there’s the desire to collect all of Wikipedia (at least its English form) into a shape like those reference tomes of yesteryear. The New […]

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Printing Out All Humanity’s Knowledge

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Wikipedia hopes to one day contain all of mankind’s (literally, mankind’s) knowledge in a singular repository. Artist Michael Mandiberg decided to create a hard copy and start printing out the online encyclopedia—all 7,600 volumes of it. The New York Times spoke to Mandiberg about the project “From Aaaaa! To ZZZap!” on the eve of the […]

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Wikipedia’s Sausage Party

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Wikipedia has a gender problem. The site has an overwhelmingly male authorship, meaning that the contents of the encyclopedia meant to document all of human knowledge is skewed toward men. The New Statesman takes a look at what this means: The gender disparity has skewed the encyclopaedia’s content – not only which pages are created but also […]

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For the Love of Good Grammar

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Bryan Henderson has made more than 47,000 edits to Wikipedia. This prolific career is not the product of Henderson’s great breath of knowledge, but rather because he has an obsession with fixing a specific grammatical mistake. The mistake he corrects over and over again is composed of two words: “comprised of.” His efforts to remove […]

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Weekly Geekery

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Victorians: The original futurists. Can Sony stop the leaks? Can social media stop vitriol and still maintain freedom of speech? Should you go to jail for your Facebook profile? What a podcast teaches us about memory. Wikipedia is becoming as cumbersome as, well, real encyclopedias. Owen Thomas and a career editing for the web.

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Book of Wikipedia

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Some Wikipedia fans in Germany are aiming to change the way the online, editable encyclopedia is read. The group known as PediaPress is trying to raise $50,000 to turn the website into a 1,000 volume set of books, each containing around 1,200 pages. Their goal is to exhibit the printed encyclopedia at a Wikimania conference […]

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Literary Feuds in the Digital Age Get Ugly

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While we were all shaking our heads about sexist changes to the “American Novelists” page, Wikipedia editor “Qworty” was taking action—by making a series of “revenge edits” to Amanda Filipacchi’s page. But, sadly and strangely, that was only the tip of the iceberg. It turns out Qworty is a novelist himself, and he’s conducted an elaborate […]

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Revolutionary Wikipedia

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All of us Wikipedia users are constantly reaping the benefits of massive information-based collaboration. This essay, published in the Awl, considers why this resource is so essential in our digital age. Anybody who has ever accidently cited Wikipedia on a college paper as a freshman can now liberate themselves from the shame–Wikipedia is deconstructing the […]

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Too Many Inkblots?

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In the last few months, Wikipedia has been in debate with psychologists who are upset that Rorschach inkblot plates can be easily found online. Because the Rorschach tests are displayed with common responses to the open-ended questions doctors pose while using the plates, several psychologists have voiced concerns that the materials are being undermined.

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The Past and Possible Future of Wikipedia

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The London Review of Books recently published one of the best single articles I’ve ever read about the history and possible future of Wikipedia, in a review of Andrew Lih’s The Wikipedia Revolution. The LRB article, by David Runciman, starts off by comparing Wikipedia to the one-volume encyclopedias of a former time; pre-eminently, the Columbia […]

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The Story of Encarta

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From a New York Times article, published two months ago, about the end of the line for Encarta: “It’s hard to look at the end of the Encarta experiment without the free and much larger Wikipedia springing immediately to mind. But Encarta arguably would have failed even without that competition. The Google-indexed Web forms a virtual encyclopedia that […]

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