One of my favorite categories in my “field notes” mindmap is that of “zeitgeist.” Very little of this material will actually find its way into the dissertation – indeed, in that mindmap few of the \~800 sources I have across \~50 categories will – but I collect it nonetheless. I use “zeitgeist” for – often amusing – examples of Wikipedia leaking out into the broader culture. A friend of mine just forwarded this announcement of “a mini-marathon of short plays that surf the wikipedia wave through seventeen related entries” (Gans 2007). That tickles me for some reason.
In a few days I also leave for Taiwan to attend Wikimania 2007. This should be a lot of fun, and I look forward to reconnecting with and meeting anew fellow enthusiasts.