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Power, visibility, Wikipedia
Abstract According 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
Conclusion I 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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Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Power%2C%2Bvisibility%2C%2BWikipedia%22  +
Has author Nathaniel Tkacz +
Has domain Political science +
Has topic Other participation outcomes +
Issue 2  +
Pages 5  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Southern Review – Adelaide +
Research design Conceptual  +
Research questions the 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'.
Revid 10,907  +
Theories this article draws on a theory of 'visibility' inspired by Giles Deleuze's (2006) reading of the work of Michel Foucault
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Power, visibility, Wikipedia
Unit of analysis N/A  +
Url http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary%3Bdn=946871107175453%3Bres=IELHSS  +
Volume 40  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction N/A  +
Wikipedia language N/A  +
Wikipedia page type N/A  +
Year 2007  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:29:58  +
Categories Other participation outcomes  + , Political science  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:30:26  +
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