The Wikipedia Revolution

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Not to be confused with La Révolution Wikipédia, a French-language study.
The Wikipedia Revolution: How A Bunch of Nobodies Created The World's Greatest Encyclopedia
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First edition cover
Author Andrew Lih
Country United States
Language English
Subject Internet
Genre Nonfiction
Publisher Hyperion (US Version)
Aurum Press (UK Version)
Publication date
March 17, 2009
ISBN 978-1-4013-0371-6
OCLC 232977686
031 22
LC Class ZA4482 .L54 2009

The Wikipedia Revolution: How A Bunch of Nobodies Created The World's Greatest Encyclopedia is a 2009 popular history book by new media researcher and writer Andrew Lih.[1][2][3][4]

At the time of its publication it was "the only narrative account" of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia (in English).[5] It covers the period from Wikipedia's founding in early 2000 up to early 2008. Written as a popular history, the text ranges from short biographies of Jimmy Wales, Larry Sanger and Ward Cunningham, to brief accounts of infamous events in Wikipedia's history such as the Essjay controversy and the Wikipedia biography controversy.

Lih describes the importance of early influences on Wikipedia including Usenet, Hypercard, Slashdot, and MeatballWiki. He also explores the cultural differences found within international sister texts such as the German Wikipedia, the Chinese Wikipedia, and the Japanese Wikipedia.

There is a foreword by Jimmy Wales, and an afterword partially created by volunteers through an online Wiki detailing the problems and opportunities of Wikipedia's future.[6]

The UK edition, published by Aurum Press Ltd, contains an additional section on the Virgin Killer Controversy of December 2008.

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  1. ^ Biography, authors homepage.
  2. ^ Andrew Lih. The Wikipedia Revolution. Hyperion, March 17, 2009. ISBN 978-1-4013-0371-6
  3. ^ "Everybody Knows Everything", Jeremy Philips, The Wall Street Journal, March 18, 2009
  4. ^ "Wikipedia: Exploring Fact City", Noam Cohen, New York Times, March 28, 2009
  5. ^ 'The Wikipedia Revolution', biography of Andrew Lih
  6. ^ Wikipedia Revolution Wiki

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