Submissions/Wikipedia, and the political discourse: How the editors and the community on esWiki handle this issue?
This is an Open submission for Wikimania 2017 that has not yet been reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.
- Submission no. 2059 Subject - C6 C7 C2
- Title of the submission
- Wikipedia, and the political discourse: How the editors and the community on esWiki handle this issue?
- Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)
- Author of the submission
- Luis Álvarez Azcárraga (User:Luisalvaz)
- type of submission
- Language of presentation
- E-mail address
- Country of origin
- Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
- Wikimedia México and Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes
- Personal homepage or blog:
- Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)
- The Spanish Wikipedia community is one of the largest in the wiki world, but his interaction and political participation is not so active. There are less than 80 administrators (bibliotecarios) and occasionally only one hundred editors or less participate in the decision making process which includes voting, polls or other consensus decisions (as articles for deletion or 'consultas de borrado'). The latter does not mean that the community is not political or that there are not other ways in which the editors express their political point of views.
- In this lecture, based on an ethnographic approach (participatory ethnography, Cefaï et al, 2012), I'll show how the political topics are handled by the Spanish Wikipedia editors, where not only the information and knowledge about conflict issues are on dispute, but the way that facts are constructed. The editors have to deal with bias contributions, and also with lobby groups of political parties that try to create content which is favorable to their interests. Also there are social movements and events (like protest march or demonstrations) that could show the other side of the story that mainstream media (tv and press) doesn't show.
- The theoretical frame of this research uses the participatory approach of Henry Jenkins and Nico Carpentier; the deliberative democracy of Chantal Mouffe; the dissent in politic of Jacques Rancière, and other important scholars of politics, cyberculture (Lévy) and common knowledge (Ostrom & Hess; Lava, Dardot & Díez).
- Wikipedia is not a newspaper nor a pamphlet, however the editors know that is an important and powerful tool to create alternative knowledge and show different points of view.
- Other important aspect of this lecture is that I'll contrast the view of the editors of Spanish Wikipedia and the volunteers of Wikimedia Mexico, which are sometimes contrasting, sometimes contradictory, but which also show the complexity of participation within a collaborative environment that represents a paradoxical reality within a socio-political framework such as the Mexican one.
- What will attendees take away from this session?
- An other view of how the Wikipedia Spanish editors handle the content, especially on topics that are related with conflicts of interest, politics and ideology. Some of this issues also are related with other wiki projects, especially Wikimedia Commons.
- 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)
- 25 minutes
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