My jaw dropped. The page is fascinating for anyone who has ever been part of a collaborative effort to create anything. ... The magazine business could have used some guidelines about this all-too-familiar kind of authorship jockeying decades ago.
She posited that in the digital age, the identity of an "object" is defined by its Wikipedia article, and compared the role of Wikipedians to that of taxonomists and explorers in earlier times:
Every new symbolic order requires a taxonomist to make sense of it. When Renaissance paintings and drawings first became fashionable in the art market in the early 20th century, the primary task of critics like Bernard Berenson was to attribute them, classify them and create a taste for them. ... Wikipedia has become the world’s master catalogue raisonnée for new clumps of data. Its legion nameless authors are the Audubons, the Magellans, the Berensons of our time.
Lastly, Heffernan called her readers to contribute to Wikipedia themselves.
Midterm update on the Public Policy Initiative
The UC Berkeley's "Politics of Piracy" class, participating in the Public Policy Initiative
On her "The Daring Librarian" blog, US school librarian Gwyneth A. Jones said that "Wikipedia Is NOT Wicked!", defending Wikipedia against fellow educators who regard it "with suspicion, sometimes derision, and occasionally with fear". She named hashtags and QR code as topics where Wikipedia offered information superior to that in the research databases provided by her own library, and gave teachers some advice on how to teach Wikipedia in class – summarized in an "at a glance" cartoon (see illustration). Exemplifying her advice to "establish your web presence!" (and apparently unaware of Wikipedia's conflict of interest guideline), User:Thedaringlibrarian started the article about her employer, the Murray Hill Middle School.
"Truth in Numbers?" documentary about Wikipedia gains further attention
The documentary film Truth in Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia was reviewed by the AOL blog Urlesque, which also noted that it was "about to be deleted [from] Wikipedia itself" (the AfD message has since been removed). After its July premiere at Wikimania in Gdansk (see Signpost coverage), the film was released last month by a screening in New York City, and is set to be shown in more US theaters later this month. In some geographical regions, it has also been viewable online for free. Larry Sanger, who is featured in the movie, recently called it "not too bad, from what I saw", while Jimmy Walesrecommended against featuring it as part of the upcoming 10 years of Wikipedia celebrations, because "the film was poorly received in Poland, and it is seriously out of date" (filming had started at the 2006 Wikimania; most of the footage seems to date from 2006 and 2007). Board member Samuel Klein (User:Sj), who had attended a panel discussion with the directors after the New York screening, said that he likes "the film a lot more after seeing it for the second time, in a very different audience (and seeing their live reactions)".
Courtney Love prefers stub: US tabloid The New York Postreported that at a New York party, musician Courtney Love explained how she would like "her messy Wikipedia page" to improve: "I just want what awards I got ... who I [bleeped] – on the record — or who said nice things about [bleeping] me. And how many hits I've had. And that's it."
Neologism revisited: A blog post from The Economist referred to the debate about the entry "malamanteau", which had been ignited earlier this year by an xkcd comic (summarized by User:WWB on his "The Wikipedian" blog). The post suggested that the word be used with a different meaning than that which Randall Munroe (xkcd's author) had tried to establish with the cartoon.
Jimbo interview: Canadian newspaper Toronto Star published a brief interview with Jimmy Wales about Wikipedia and other topics.
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