I think the questions raised by the event are ones that we can always apply to our cultures/sub-cultures, such as who is overlooked and why? Who and what is celebrated or challenged? Who is writing the articles? Wikipedia is interesting because it is a subculture with its own rules that is nonetheless, of course, influenced by and reflective of the broader culture. The organisation is based on neutrality and open access, but I think it also demonstrates how this kind of ‘freedom’ doesn’t necessarily lead to equity. Technically, anybody can write and edit on Wikipedia, but there are certain unspoken barriers to becoming an editor that coincide with or reflect other barriers to equity in the ‘real world’: access to education, tech skills, access to resources (books, journal articles).
via Sarah Butterill, Mary Katherine Mcintyre, and Zeesy Powers on: critical pedagogy, research, and knowledge production |