What's so Special about the Wikipedia?
Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that invites the participation of everyone. As long as you have internet access, you can be part of their editorial team. When most people expect the site to be flooded by vandalism given its open nature, the reverse is true. Instead of getting spammed by vandalism, the website sustains and expands in an exponential rate. Right now there are about half million articles on the English Wikipedia, which was the first language of Wikipedia until it evolved into more than 100 languages since 2001.
But what exactly makes Wikipedia so different from other online social project? In this presentation, the distinctive features of Wikipedia such as its social structure, mode of production, policies such as the Neutral Point of View Policy (NOPV), and its warm acceptance of anonymous users will be explored in details. I would also discuss the potential social, political and cultural implications of Wikipedia in hope of answering the above question in perspectives.
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