Power, visibility, Wikipedia

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Power, visibility, Wikipedia
Authors: Nathaniel Tkacz [edit item]
Citation: Southern Review – Adelaide 40 (2): 5. 2007.
Publication type: Journal article
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Power, visibility, Wikipedia is a publication by Nathaniel Tkacz.


[edit] Abstract

According to a popular current in cultural criticism, which focuses on the danger of new technologies, new media have the potential to enhance surveillance. This article is also concerned with a type of visibility, but not one that is reducible to surveillance. Rather, the article investigates the potential for new technologies to open up, or make visible, political processes that have in the past best been described by the metaphor of the black box. In particular, I focus on Wikipedia and the production of knowledge. The article finishes by linking this new potential to a new power relation, fittingly termed 'visibility'.

[edit] Research questions

"the article investigates the potential for new technologies to open up, or make visible, political processes that have in the past best been described by the metaphor of the black box. In particular, I focus on Wikipedia and the production of knowledge. The article finishes by linking this new potential to a new power relation, fittingly termed 'visibility'."

Research details

Topics: Other participation outcomes [edit item]
Domains: Political science [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "this article draws on a theory of 'visibility' inspired by Giles Deleuze's (2006) reading of the work of Michel Foucault" [edit item]
Research design: Conceptual [edit item]
Data source: N/A [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: N/A [edit item]
Unit of analysis: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia language: N/A [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"I have argued that the architecture of Wikipedia provides a way of seeing, a visibility, of encyclopaedic knowledge. The light it casts shines in new directions, illuminates new features, and allows us to see more of the production of this genre of knowledge than ever before. And if our relationship to knowledge is always mediated by the structural condition in which it is represented-conditions that are themselves political-the more we know about these conditions and how they operate, the better. This is why Wikipedia is a positive visibility. To describe Wikipedia as a visibility, though, is also to place emphasis on its architecture and the relations of power inscribed within them. Visibilities are not just to do with opening things up, with laying bare the previously concealed. As a theory, visibility is concerned with how what we can see relates to a politics of arrangement, of architecture and design; with how what is made visible is bound up in relations of power, and with how w1derstandings of knowledge are shaped by the architecture that enable them."

[edit] Comments

""the architecture of Wikipedia provides a way of seeing, a visibility, of encyclopaedic knowledge. The light it casts shines in new directions, illuminates new features, and allows us to see more of the production of this genre of knowledge than ever before." p. 17"


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AbstractAccording to a popular current in culturalAccording to a popular current in cultural criticism, which focuses on the danger of new technologies, new media have the potential to enhance surveillance. This article is also concerned with a type of visibility, but not one that is reducible to surveillance. Rather, the article investigates the potential for new technologies to open up, or make visible, political processes that have in the past best been described by the metaphor of the black box. In particular, I focus on Wikipedia and the production of knowledge. The article finishes by linking this new potential to a new power relation, fittingly termed 'visibility'.r relation, fittingly termed 'visibility'.
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Comments"the architecture of Wikipedia provides a "the architecture of Wikipedia provides a way of seeing, a visibility, of encyclopaedic knowledge. The light it casts shines in new directions, illuminates new features, and allows us to see more of the production of this genre of knowledge than ever before." p. 17enre of knowledge than ever before." p. 17
ConclusionI have argued that the architecture of WikI have argued that the architecture of Wikipedia provides a way of

seeing, a visibility, of encyclopaedic knowledge. The light it casts shines in new directions, illuminates new features, and allows us to see more of the production of this genre of knowledge than ever before. And if our relationship to knowledge is always mediated by the structural condition in which it is represented-conditions that are themselves political-the more we know about these conditions and how they operate, the better. This is why Wikipedia is a positive visibility. To describe Wikipedia as a visibility, though, is also to place emphasis on its architecture and the relations of power inscribed within them. Visibilities are not just to do with opening things up, with laying bare the previously concealed. As a theory, visibility is concerned with how what we can see relates to a politics of arrangement, of architecture and design; with how what is made visible is bound up in relations of power, and with how w1derstandings of knowledge are

shaped by the architecture that enable them.
aped by the architecture that enable them.
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Has domainPolitical science +
Has topicOther participation outcomes +
Issue2 +
Pages5 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inSouthern Review – Adelaide +
Research designConceptual +
Research questionsthe article investigates the potential forthe article investigates the potential for new technologies to open up, or make visible, political processes that have in the past best been described by the metaphor of the black box. In particular, I focus on Wikipedia and the production of knowledge. The article finishes by linking this new potential to a new power relation, fittingly termed 'visibility'.r relation, fittingly termed 'visibility'.
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Theoriesthis article draws on a theory of 'visibility' inspired by Giles Deleuze's (2006) reading of the work of Michel Foucault
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitlePower, visibility, Wikipedia
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Volume40 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
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Year2007 +