This fall, I’m excited to finally teach a class focused completely on Wikipedia! Come registration, interested Northeastern students should look for COMM4918.
COMM 4918 Communications Special Topics: Wikipedia Considered
Wikipedia’s style of collaborative production has been lauded, lambasted, and satirized. Despite unease over its implications for the character (and quality) of knowledge, Wikipedia has brought us closer than ever to a realization of the centuries-old pursuit of a universal encyclopedia. In this class we will explore Wikipedia’s historical roots, collaborative culture, and much-debated legacy. Specifically, we will ask if Wikipedia is novel, how does peer production work, and whether Wikipedia is a boon or harbinger of doom in knowledge production and education. Students will be asked to engage and contribute content to Wikipedia as part of the class.