Posts Tagged ‘Wikipedia’

One of my writing projects this summer was to write a book chapter for a forthcoming [now released!] anthology called The Participatory Cultures Handbook, edited by Aaron Delwiche and Jennifer Henderson (forthcoming in 20112012 from Routledge). The handbook is designed to offer accessible introductions to a wide array of facets of participatory culture, suitable for […]

I assume that anyone who reads this blog is likely also a reader of Henry Jenkins, but on the off chance you’re not…  Henry gave a keynote address at the National Media Education Conference earlier in the week, focusing on Wikipedia as a case study for new media literacy education, reproduced in two parts on […]

Thankfully the press about Middlebury’s adventures in Wikipedia has been dying down, but the best article I’ve read about the issue was published this month: Vermont Today was a lengthy in-depth feature concerning Wikipedia and Middlebury’s policy, written by my favorite reporter to chat with, Susan Youngwood. The piece is notable for its length & […]

My student Aaron Smith wrote an excellent must-read blog entry expressing his frustration the NBC News story on Middlebury’s adventures in Wikipedia prohibition – he sums up the limits of journalistic attempts to create a story, and argues for the benefits of collaborative journalism projects like Assignment Zero for producing better coverage. Clearly Aaron’s exposure […]

Just a quick pointer to a couple of key resources for the ongoing Wikipedia discussion. In this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education, Cathy Davidson writes about the Middlebury “ban” and offers a nuanced & persuasive take on the debate – alas the Chronicle is subscription only, but she reposted the article on the HASTAC blog […]



As I’ve mentioned previously, I am teaching a course entitled Media Technology & Cultural Change this semester, which offers an overview of digital media criticism and creation. Per the recent hooplah around Wikipedia, I’m having students engage with wikis both as a cultural phenomenon and mode of expression. The students are creating their own wiki, […]

More Wiki-mania


The Wikipedia-related buzz continues, so here’s more fuel for fires. First, the video of the debate if you want to see people talking in all their visual splendor, plus a bit of video & Keynoting (thanks to media gurus Scott Witt & Joe Antonioli for arranging the recordings!). If you care to read, not watch, […]

So we just wrapped up the Great Wikipedia Debate. Actually, less of a debate & more of a forum (not a competition, just an exhibition, so please, no wagering). But it went well, with a lively discussion following. Which you can hear here: And some links we referred to: Middlebury’s Wikipedia page; the discussion for […]

For all the concerns of journalists decrying how the web will eliminate the gatekeeper function of traditional media, it has become clear to me over the past two days that the New York Times still has a major market share of the public consciousness. Since the article on Wikipedia was published, I’ve gotten many emails […]

An article in today’s New York Times focuses on Middlebury’s History department banning Wikipedia as a source. I was interviewed – and even photographed – for the article, but only came out with a couple of paragraphs at the end (at least it was a fairly accurate quotation). If you’re in the Middlebury area and […]

Grab your cup of coffee and mull on the following: Interesting account of the controversy surrounding the videogame Super Columbine Massacre, which offers social commentary through satire in game form. For many, it hits too hard & close to tragedy, even though it intends to critique the culture of violence that it has been accused […]