Iraq-Wikipedia-Editwar als Print-Edition

James Bridle hat die Edit-Wars im Wikipedia-Eintrag zum Irakkrieg als Buch rausgebracht. Das Teil umfasst 12 Bände, „12.000 changes and almost 7,000 pages“. Wikipedia-Bürokratiewahn illustriert oder transparente Online-Geschichtsschreibung, ich kann mich da grade nicht entscheiden. Wahrscheinlich beides.

This particular book—or rather, set of books—is every edit made to a single Wikipedia article, The Iraq War, during the five years between the article’s inception in December 2004 and November 2009, a total of 12,000 changes and almost 7,000 pages.

It amounts to twelve volumes: the size of a single old-style encyclopaedia. It contains arguments over numbers, differences of opinion on relevance and political standpoints, and frequent moments when someone erases the whole thing and just writes “Saddam Hussein was a dickhead”.

This is historiography. This is what culture actually looks like: a process of argument, of dissenting and accreting opinion, of gradual and not always correct codification.

On Wikipedia, Cultural Patrimony, and Historiography (via Waxy)

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