Hi, please

We’re leaving ground… (leaving ground…)

We’re leaving together,
but still it’s farewell,
last brief of the semester,
who can tell?

Wiki Marathon

In the last few days we’ve started to see a lot of work on Wikipedia. This week, we’re heading for Venus (so to speak) by doing more work on Wikipedia both along the same lines of edits we’ve seen this week and by each editing (at least) 3 articles based on somebody else’s travelogue. So for example Harris would be editing articles about Kotex and Elizabeth will be editing articles about Facebook… After editing a page based on someone else’s work, make sure to comment on their relevant travelogue posts with a link to the Wikipedia article and your specific change.

Your 2¢ – Better Late Than Never

And maybe we’ll come back
To earth, who can tell?

So we’ll (I’ll) be coming back to review your work through the semester to grade you accordingly. One of the things I will be looking at is your performance on the weekly summary comments discussion, but it’s not too late to still go back and comment on the ones that you didn’t get to comment on in time. I don’t expect flawless stats, but if you feel like you could’ve done better, you can definitely still effect your grade that way.

Optional Bonus Round

With so many light years to go
And things to be found (To be found…)

If you have time, interest and motivation (and you want to better your grade) you are welcomed to choose any of the topics proposed this week and publish a summary for us (along the lines of the weekly summaries). The summary can be posted after Sunday 4pm (but before Tuesday 4:55pm), and you will not be required to lead the class on it next week. For those who accept the challenge I promise to up-grade you generously.

Changing/Ruling the world from the comfort of your laptop

Welcome to your life
There’s no turning back
Even while we sleep
We will find you
Acting on your best behaviour
Turn your back on mother nature
Everybody wants to rule the world

Next week’s reading will focus on the potential (?) of Postnationalism presented by the networked public sphere

Required Reading:

  • Frost, Catherine Internet Galaxy Meets Postnational Constellation: Prospects for Political Solidarity After the Internet (handout)
  • Catherine Frost’s response to Mike Linksvayer on the post Collaborative Futures 3
  • Harris’s summary + your comment

Recommended Reading:

Optional Extra:


  • Read the essay & articles and view the presentation
  • Optionally Highlight and annotate the reading to help its accessibility for the rest of you.
  • Summarize it for us in a nicely accessible post to be published by Sunday 4pm, ideally running some threads between them.
  • Be prepared to present the article and lead the discussion in class.
  • Think of questions to lead off the discussion
  • Post to del.icio.us some links that expand the discussion either about the text or about key themes in it.

The 80′s are back, did you notice?

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  1. Jimena 21:23, Apr 25th, 10

    I wanted to share with you guys my experience with Wikipedia and Copyright, in case it’s of any help to you.

    So, while trying to make a new wiki entry on Eyewriter, I used a good chunk of the content I’d written for my blog post. I kept on posting my edits without having finished the page (hadn’t included any references yet), because I was afraid to lose what I had if I didn’t ‘save’ it. Big mistake—don’t publish anything until it’s good and ready.

    Wikipedia’s copyright-police took the page down in about 3 mins, saying that I was committing copyright infringement. To continue with the Wiki and be able to post my own text, this is what I did:

    1. Registered my blog post under Creative Commons. This is fairly easy:
    a) on http://creativecommons.org/choose/ choose the type of license you want to give your work. I chose Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works.
    b) follow simple instructions and generate an HTML tag that needs to be added to your post.

    2. I engaged in a conversation with the editor policeman on the Talk Page at wiki/Eyewriter. There I had to state that I was the original author and that I had already licensed the work I was using on the page, under the Creative Commons license.
    After I told him what I’d done, he explained to me that “there’s a team which will receive the email you sent and once they receive your email and verify that it’s sufficient, then they will restore the page. Alternatively, since you placed the CC-BY-SA notice on the original webpage, you can recreate the page now and it should be fine, since you’ve already placed the note on the talk page. Just make sure that you don’t copy from other webpages, just the one you wrote.”

    3. An interesting thing is that I got a glimpse of the complex editing and monitoring system that keeps Wikipedia on track. Very experienced users volunteer to monitor the new posts, and censor whatever goes astray from Wiki’s rules. I therefore could engage in a one-on-one conversation with the particular editor that had censored my work.

    Their personal talk page (we all have one, as users) is a forum where you can leave them posts, and is a good place to learn about the level of conversation that accompanies actual peer2peer collaboration.

    They answer quite promptly (at least VernoWhitney, in my case) His talk page also showed me the structure behind these very committed users: they get recognition for their work, earn badges, and climb steps in a hierarchical power/responsibility system. Very interesting.

  2. ElzbthMllr 10:32, Apr 26th, 10

    Thanks Jimena, this is very helpful, I was also having a similar problem!

  3. Ryan 23:52, Apr 26th, 10

    Yeah, this is the one thing that I didn’t like was all the work that you do, can easily be taken down. Moreover, I wonder how good the references have to be, to be considered reputable. It altered my motivation and personal incentive to edit Wikipedia. I understand why Wikipedia would take stuff down that would practically infringe or violate copyright. However, I did back up my stuff on Leslie’s icecreamspy and the person took it down. I felt ashamed and salty