Wikipedia

After struggling to think of what website I could use as an example of audience participation, I decided to give up and do what I do best and procrastinate. When doing so I somehow ended up on Wikipedia and I realised that Wikipedia’s whole concept as a website is user generated articles.

Wikipedia is described as being a free-access, free-content Internet encyclopedia, the running costs of the site are supported and hosted by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation, meaning they’ll never be any annoying advertisements as there are on almost every other website on the internet.

The content of Wikipedia is available in over 250 languages and has over 500 million unique visitors each month, making it the 7th most visited website on the internet according to Alexa, a website which ranks internet traffic.

There are currently over 38 million articles on the site, most of which are all user-generated and can be edited by anyone. However, some pages of important people or sensitive topics are protected and can only be edited by certain people, as these pages may become victim of ‘Wikipedia pranks’. In which people post false information on articles. An example of this was during the 2014 Fifa World Cup, The Secretary of Defense of the Utimhoward-e1404323277611nited States of America’s article picture was changed to the American National football team’s goalkeeper, Tim Howard after a very impressive performance.

 

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6 Comments

  1. I believe you came out with an excellent example of audience participation! Nothing more than Wikipedia nowadays shows how people can collaborate online to create an useful tool ready to be used by everyone. Wikipedia could not exist without any audience participation… and the result of this people collaboration is quite stunning. We need, of course, to be careful and be critical in front of anything we read on Wikipedia, but I believe that this huge group-work wisdom is an incredible resource (surely not for an academic work, but for a general knowledge of many aspects of the world, culture, facts…)!

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  2. It is definitely a nice example of audience participation! Wikipedia shows the power of collective intelligence. Although it is not a reliable reference, it still provides us lots of basic but helpful knowledges. I also agree with the last comment that “Wikipedia could not exist without any audience participation.”

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  3. Really good example of a website that is extremely reliant on its audiences participation, this whole website could not exist without the help and participation from user-generation. I feel that wikipedia can help when trying to find very brief information about a given subject. But, i also feel that this website is extremely un-reliable and a picture of how audience participation can go wrong sometimes!

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  4. I can relate to you when you say how we couldn’t find anything for this task but all you had to do was think about the basics! I must say, Wikipedia is the best example there is. While it is the best example of audience participation, it is also the best example of how audience participation is utterly unreliable. Of course it shapes how Wikipedia functions but it also makes it illegitimate. Wikipedia is good example of why we will always need verified media outlets and perhaps, strike a balance between audience and media producers.

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  5. Wikipedia is a great example of audience participation. When i began using Wikipedia as i grew up i was unaware that the content was provided by users, until i came across a page about my secondary school. This page was full of jokes, basically everything written was joking about the school and teachers. This is when i realised that wikipedia is open to anyone and not everything is reliable. Which is a crazy thing to think about as when reading something online i immediately think to trust it.

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  6. I didn’t even think about Wikipedia, you make such a good point. Wikipedia revolves around audience participation, even if it does mean a prank pops up now and again. But it means that users can have a real interaction with the site.

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