Citizens of the Web: Wikipedia, Crowdsourcing, and the Amateur

In the Swartz reading, we get a brief overview of Wikipedia’s history, which can be described as “just like any other project: a small group of colleagues working together toward a common goal”. However, what is remarkable about the creation and contributions to the online encyclopedia is that it was the “world’s largest encyclopedia in four years […]

Blog #2: What is History?

“… the past is not remote and dead but a comfortable companion… they (amateur historians) create passionate histories and revel in the past as a living, sustaining resource.” ~Benjamin Filene The idea of history by “amateurs” is contentious to many classical historians- and it would make some turn in their graves, especially those literary giants […]

How to understand the internet and new pseudoacademic anonymity

This weeks readings saw a shift from the creation of the Internet and with it the emergence of faster communication towards anonymous intellectual collaboration. The role of the ‘masses’ plays a big part in keeping the intellectual state of the Internet alive. The authors draw on Wikipedia (Rosenzweig, Swartz) and more general community projects (Owens, […]

Geek Culture and the Internet

The Wikipedia article titled Why Wikipedia is not so Great acknowledges the “geek priorities” of the online encyclopedia. The article referenced the enormous repertoire of obscure science fiction characters, computer science, physics and math articles while contrasting it to the smaller amount of articles in history, art, literature and film. The internet allows open expression […]

Blog #1: The Library of Alexandria is everywhere and it’s pretty great.

“An enquire program capable of external hypertext links was the difference between imprisonnment and freedom, dark and light.” – Tim Berners-Lee The breakthrough by Berners-Lee, creating the key components of the World Wide Web, including a systematic means by which computers can “communicate” with each other (HTTP) and an “address system” (URI) which allowed for […]

An Introduction to me

My name is Kevin Nguyen. I am a fourth year student double majoring in English and History. I am currently working part time at IKEA. I originally took this class because it offered something new and exciting compared to other fourth year history classes. Besides historical analyses and historiographcial debates this class promised to teach […]

Hello world.

Hello guys! I’m Janet, I’m in my third year studying political science, history and anthropology. Some specific academic interests include a wide variety different topics including political theory, classical history, and contemporary political debate. What I think I will enjoy about this class most is its unusual format and how relevant it is to todays’ […]

Introductory Post

My name is Daniel. What interests me about this class? Learning our local heritage is interesting, but I am more excited to learn how to use WordPress and doing the project. I’m a bit sick of the usual grind in the courses I’ve taken – paper after paper usually on things that have been covered […]

Welcome to WordPress!

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