This semester, the most useful readings for me were the set that outlined the history of Wikipedia. Prior to reading them, I had been a bit fuzzy on the origins of the website and why it was set up the way it was. But reading the Marshall Poe’s article on the History of Wikipedia opened up my perspective on the origins of Wikipedia and of the history of collaborative web in general. Rosenzweig’s article on the merits of collaborative web colored my previously held perspective on Wikipedia and its role as a tool in historians lives. The class discussions on the readings also brought up really good questions. The issue of historians interacting with members of the public on Wikipedia about historical experiences and the positives and negatives of the moderating and editing policies speak to much larger questions about ownership of narrative and whether or not an objective viewpoint of history really can be achieved.



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