Writing the Revolution

Writing the Revolution Wikipedia and the Survival of Facts in the Digital Age

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Wikipedia bills itself as an encyclopaedia built on neutrality, authority, and crowd-sourced consensus. Platforms like Google and digital assistants like Siri distribute Wikipedia's facts widely, further burnishing its veneer of impartiality. But as Heather Ford demonstrates in Writing the Revolution, the facts that appear on Wikipedia are often the result of protracted power struggles over how data are created and used, how history is written and by whom, and the very definition of facts in a digital age. In Writing the Revolution, Ford looks critically at how the Wikipedia article about the 2011 Egyptian Revolution evolved over the course of a decade, both shaping and being shaped by the Revolution as it happened. When data are published in real time, they are subject to an intense battle over their meaning across multiple fronts. Ford answers key questions about how Wikipedia's so-called consensus is arrived at; who has the power to write dominant histories and which knowledges are actively rejected; how these battles play out across the chains of circulation in which data travel; and whether history is now written by algorithms.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262046299
Publisher: The MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 030
DEWEY edition: 23/eng/20220207
Number of pages: xviii, 161
Weight: 242g
Height: 153mm
Width: 229mm
Spine width: 24mm