Wikipedia and Historiography

Back to that repeatedly-made point about historiography and wikipedia, here’s a fascinating example/teaching tool: a 12-volume history of the Wikipedia entry on the Iraq War.

This is historiography. This is what culture actually looks like: a process of argument, of dissenting and accreting opinion, of gradual and not always correct codification.

James Bridle, who produced the book, discussed the topic at a speech at dConstruct, that fascinated me. Imagine if the Library at Alexandria had a history button. Better still, imagine showing your students the equivalent of this for any history book or political narrative.

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About mkschoen

In my previous life, I was a reporter and editor covering technology and business for sites including eWeek, ZDNet and CNET News.com. Now I’m a student working towards a master’s in library science.
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