Submissions/The Wikipedia articles about recent events as a pursuit of a new paradigm in the construction of the public opinion in Mexico

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Submission no. 2065 Subject - C2
Title of the submission
The Wikipedia articles about recent events as a pursuit of a new paradigm in the construction of the public opinion in Mexico
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)
Lightning talk
Author of the submission
Luis Álvarez Azcárraga / Luisalvaz
Language of presentation
E-mail address
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikimedia México / Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)
In the modern age the role of the media is linked to democracy, open societies and the importance of information within public power. Because of this the media stored power, the ability to control the public agenda and also to represent what was considered the opinion of the majority, even the common knowledge. This power gave them great importance within democratic systems, however, this capability of control were diminishing in certain societies where mass self-communication media (Castells) developed, which allowed the participation of more citizens in decision making and in public deliberation.
Concept map of construction of an article of a political or conjunctural subject in Wikipedia
In Mexico, the construction of the social imaginary continues to be linked to the traditional media, especially television, which has a symbiotic relationship with the government. This is why the construction of opinion around the internet, often associated with phenomena such as 'post-truth', fake news and manipulation from viral news, has been increasingly escalating.
The importance of encyclopedic articles in relation to recent events, especially in the local political arena, is present, as it is not only a way for readers to confront the information that the traditional media publish, but also in order to contrast important data, making more transparent and open the information that is already public but usually is hidden.
Through two article case study, Enrique Peña Nieto and Desaparición forzada de Iguala de 2014, I'll show the structure of the construction of controversial material on Wikipedia, and the importance of the subject outside of the encyclopedia.
What will attendees take away from this session?
Attendees will learn about the importance of the political participation of editors outside Wikipedia, in the construction of public opinion concerning about socio-political topics that are relevant for the society.
Theme of presentation
WikiCulture & Community
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?
Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
15 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Maybe yes
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