week 4 – wikipedia

  • Wikipedia: an alternative form of “user generated content”
  • Housekeeping
  • Discussion Leader presentations and class discussion
  • Project discussion
  • Sample quiz
  • For next week

The blog’s first cousin is the wiki, an obscure term for a simple online database which can be accessed and adapted by any user. The most famous example is Wikipedia, a global online encyclopaedia compiled and edited by its own readers, which now has 600,000 entries. The core feature of both blogs and wikis is that they are not available only on a take-it or leave-it basis, like newspapers or conventional broadcast stations. Users are, if they want to be, contributors as well as consumers. This is the world wide web as it was originally conceived: a global information highway network with traffic moving in all directions.

– Derek Brown, British Journalism Review, March 8, 2006


Set the stage

Discussion Leaders:

For Discussion

What does it mean to be a reliable source (aka crap detection)? (In pairs, develop an answer; post your answer to this blog post as a comment and list both names – remember you must be logged in to wordpress.com. We’ll discuss briefly.)

  • What does using verification rather than “truth” mean for credibility?
  • What makes wikipedia “like” an encyclopedia?
  • Paerto (80-20 rule) meets digital world (90-9-1 rule)
  • How are blogs and wikis different?
  • LA Times wiki-torial (2005)

Project discussion

  • Get your thoughts together (jot notes if that helps)
  • In PAIRS, talk about your project ideas. Ask questions to help your partner think though the possibilities
  • Blog post (category, Project) : summarize your ideas and the feedback you got from your partner before you leave class tonight. This is your first project post (category: project).

Sample quiz

  • Discuss
  • Sample questions for quiz* What are three examples of Web 2.0 technology?
    * What are three (there are more than three) characteristics of a blog?
    * What are the differences between copyright and public domain?
    * What is a symmetrical relationship in a network? (Think Facebook)
    * Digital technologies fundamentally change our world in three specific ways. What are they?
    * What is a switching cost?
    * How are digital products like public goods?

For next week

  • By Monday, your first assigned post (category: assignment). Pick a Wikipedia article that focuses on a topic of interest to you. Analyze its veracity using the criteria we talked about in class; what are the strengths and weaknesses of the article? How “old” is it (check the history pages)? How would you improve the article? Provide at least one concrete (and verifiable, that is, you have a source) recommended edit. This is the information we will need for the source: the URL, its title, publisher, publish date and your access date. In class on Monday, we will make the changes together, so set up an account on Wikipedia before class next week.
  • By next week, you should have made one post relating to the week’s topic/readings that is just open-ended questions. This is a stand-alone post; it is the first of two and ideally it is on a week where you did not write a reading reflection. Because we missed last week, I’m extending the deadline to include readings for week 5 and week 6 (due Jan 30 and Feb 6, respectively). A second post will be due for the period of weeks 7-10.
  • Readings due Monday (remember, you need to do only five readings)
  • Second project post due
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  1. you have not commented on one of my wordpress blog posts yet! :)

  2. johnguanlao

     /  25 January 2012

    I don’t have a comment.

  3. Hi Kathy,
    Per your request, I’m commenting to say I haven’t received a comment from you yet! Thanks!

  4. I don’t have a comment posted to my blog


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