Wikipedia Article Reviews

The Atlantic on Wikipedia as the Last Bastion of Shared Reality

Alexis C. Madrigal for The Atlantic has written an important piece on the site’s role in preventing informational anarchy. [R]ight as Wikipedia’s position as arbiter of truth has become most important, the dystopian forces that have laid waste to the rest of the informational landscape threaten the last, best utopian project of the first internet boom…. read more »

St. Patrick on Wikipedia – Slate

I wrote a piece for Slate called “Why the Wikipedia page for St. Patrick is Surprisingly Good.” When I started doing research on St. Patrick’s page, I was pleasantly surprised to have the two top St. Patrick scholars tell me that the Wikipedia page was excellent. Writing the article also allowed me to learn more… read more »

Curling’s Wikipedia Page is Savage – VICE

I wrote about The Battle for Curling’s Wikipedia Page for VICE Sports, noting “The edit history of the curling page is an anthology of cold burns.” Why so much angst? Hint: A lot of it has to do with trolls claiming it’s not a sport. Eric Washburn was a fantastic interview for the piece. Eric… read more »

Honda Ridgeline is Best in Class

Jalopnik‘s David Tracy offers some fascinating WikiHistory in his article “The Story Behind The Honda Ridgeline’s Wildly, Unusually Detailed Wikipedia Page.” Writes Tracy: Detailed information on intake airflow paths, and the shape and material makeup of the unibody. Data on torque curves and all available paint color names. The breakdown of tweeter speakers versus full-range… read more »

Social Justice Warrior is a Minefield

The Outline reviewed the Wikipedia article for “Social Justice Warrior.” Stephen Harrison describes the entry’s inauspicious beginnings: The Wikipedia entry for “Social justice warrior” has struggled since its ugly beginning. On September 28, 2014, a Wikipedia editor named Equality not Feminism created the original three line entry: “Social Justice Warriors, commonly referred to as as [sic] SJWs, are people… read more »

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