Arguably the greatest: sport fans and communities at work on Wikipedia

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Arguably the greatest: sport fans and communities at work on Wikipedia
Authors: Meghan M. Ferriter [edit item]
Citation: Sociology of Sport Journal 26 (1): 127-154. 2009 March.
Publication type: Journal article
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[edit] Abstract

This article explores the socially constructed space of Wikipedia and how the process and structure of Wikipedia enable it to act both as a vehicle for communication between sport fans and to subtly augment existing public narratives about sport. As users create article narratives, they educate fellow fans in relevant social and sport meanings. This study analyzes two aspects of Wikipedia for sports fans, application of statistical information and connecting athletes with other sports figures and organizations, through a discourse analysis of article content and the discussion pages of ten sample athletes. These pages of retired celebrity athletes provide a means for exploring the multidirectional production processes used by the sport fan community to celebrate recorded events of sporting history in clearly delineated and verifiable ways, thus maintaining the sport fans' community social values. Adapted from the source document.

[edit] Research questions

"This article explores the socially constructed space of Wikipedia and how the process and structure of Wikipedia enable it to act both as a vehicle for communication between sport fans and to subtly augment existing public narratives about sport. As users create article narratives, they educate fellow fans in relevant social and sport meanings. This study analyzes two aspects of Wikipedia for sports fans, application of statistical information and connecting athletes with other sports figures and organizations, through a discourse analysis of article content and the discussion pages of ten sample athletes."

Research details

Topics: Contributor engagement [edit item]
Domains: Information systems [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Discourse analysis [edit item]
Data source: Wikipedia pages [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Article [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Article, Discussion and Q&A [edit item]
Wikipedia language: Not specified [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"Wikipedia appears to provide a socially constructed space in which a celebration of symbols, myths, and events organized around athletes and teams facilitates interaction for an imagined community. Users at work on the sample athletes’ pages debated and celebrated the achievements of these athletes and then represented them through a process that is both contentious and conciliatory. Wikipedia appears to provide a unique means of communicating information and a gathering place for fans that have no clear group identifying characteristics beyond their participation in revising electronic sources of information.

The structure of articles allows sports fans to quickly identify pertinent sport and social values in clearly formatted sections. This study examined the ways in which Wikipedia is a tool of communication for participants and an accessible narrative developed in an imagined social space that builds another location for community. Collective knowledge produced via Wikipedia’s processes results in articles that foster an imagined community of sporting fans. This imagined community is supported by reference to tradition and celebration of sporting events in the article narratives. The use of statistical information measures athletes against other athletic achievements and suspends players in webs of comparison. Both practices present a frame on which the imagined community can be mounted. The guidelines and practice of editing on Wikipedia condition the content, while interaction affirms the project. Participation in Wikipedia allows fans to pursue consensus on facts and events through collaborative editing and asynchronous communication. In the context of Wikipedia entries about sport, participants diffuse meaning to an imagined community by adapting portions of public narratives such as news reports into “encyclopedic” accounts. Through indirect and direct forms of communication, fans share narratives within Wikipedia pages."

[edit] Comments

"Wikipedia appears to provide a socially constructed space in which a celebration of symbols, myths, and events organized around athletes and teams facilitates interaction for an imagined community. Participation in Wikipedia allows fans to pursue consensus on facts and events

through collaborative editing and asynchronous communication."


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AbstractThis article explores the socially construThis article explores the socially constructed space of Wikipedia and how the process and structure of Wikipedia enable it to act both as a vehicle for communication between sport fans and to subtly augment existing public narratives about sport. As users create article narratives, they educate fellow fans in relevant social and sport meanings. This study analyzes two aspects of Wikipedia for sports fans, application of statistical information and connecting athletes with other sports figures and organizations, through a discourse analysis of article content and the discussion pages of ten sample athletes. These pages of retired celebrity athletes provide a means for exploring the multidirectional production processes used by the sport fan community to celebrate recorded events of sporting history in clearly delineated and verifiable ways, thus maintaining the sport fans' community social values. Adapted from the source document. values. Adapted from the source document.
Added by wikilit teamAdded on initial load +
Collected data time dimensionCross-sectional +
CommentsWikipedia appears to provide a socially coWikipedia appears to provide a socially constructed space in which a celebration of symbols, myths, and events organized around athletes and teams facilitates interaction for an imagined community.

Participation in Wikipedia allows fans to pursue consensus on facts and events

through collaborative editing and asynchronous communication.
ve editing and asynchronous communication.
ConclusionWikipedia appears to provide a socially coWikipedia appears to provide a socially constructed space in which a celebration of symbols, myths, and events organized around athletes and teams facilitates interaction for an imagined community. Users at work on the sample athletes’ pages debated and celebrated the achievements of these athletes and then represented them through a process that is

both contentious and conciliatory. Wikipedia appears to provide a unique means of communicating information and a gathering place for fans that have no clear group identifying characteristics beyond their participation in revising electronic sources of information.

The structure of articles allows sports fans to quickly identify pertinent sport and social values in clearly formatted sections. This study examined the ways in which Wikipedia is a tool of communication for participants and an accessible narrative developed in an imagined social space that builds another location for community. Collective knowledge produced via Wikipedia’s processes results in articles that foster an imagined community of sporting fans. This imagined community is supported by reference to tradition and celebration of sporting events in the article narratives. The use of statistical information measures athletes against other athletic achievements and suspends players in webs of comparison. Both practices present a frame on which the imagined community can be mounted. The guidelines and practice of editing on Wikipedia condition the content, while interaction affirms the project. Participation in Wikipedia allows fans to pursue consensus on facts and events through collaborative editing and asynchronous communication. In the context of Wikipedia entries about sport, participants diffuse meaning to an imagined community by adapting portions of public narratives such as news reports into “encyclopedic” accounts. Through indirect and direct forms of communication, fans share narratives within Wikipedia pages.s

share narratives within Wikipedia pages.
Data sourceWikipedia pages +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Arguably%2Bthe%2Bgreatest%3A%2Bsport%2Bfans%2Band%2Bcommunities%2Bat%2Bwork%2Bon%2BWikipedia%22 +
Has authorMeghan M. Ferriter +
Has domainInformation systems +
Has topicContributor engagement +
Issue1 +
MonthMarch +
Pages127-154 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inSociology of Sport Journal +
Research designDiscourse analysis +
Research questionsThis article explores the socially construThis article explores the socially constructed space of Wikipedia and how the process

and structure of Wikipedia enable it to act both as a vehicle for communication between sport fans and to subtly augment existing public narratives about sport. As users create article narratives, they educate fellow fans in relevant social and sport meanings. This study analyzes two aspects of Wikipedia for sports fans, application of statistical information and connecting athletes with other sports figures and organizations, through a discourse analysis of article content and the discussion pages of ten sample athletes.e discussion pages of ten

sample athletes.
Revid10,666 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleArguably the greatest: sport fans and communities at work on Wikipedia
Unit of analysisArticle +
Urlhttp://dialnet.unirioja.es/servlet/articulo?codigo=2994717 +
Volume26 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageNot specified +
Wikipedia page typeArticle + and Discussion and Q&A +
Year2009 +