Interdisciplinary Lunch: Wikipedia as an Example of The Promises and Pitfalls of Peer-Produced Media

On Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, we will host an “interdisciplinary lunch” open to faculty and graduate students from across the UNC system. The topic will be “Wikipedia as an Example of The Promises and Pitfalls of Peer-Produced Media.” Launched in January 2001, Wikipedia today is the world’s sixth-most-popular website, visited monthly by approximately 12 percent of all Internet users. Wikipedia wields enormous influence as a primary information source, but it is often subject to criticism because of the mutable nature of its content and its policies on “reliable sources” and “neutral point of view.” Issues surrounding Wikipedia include but certainly are not limited to the degree to which it advances the goals of free speech and the marketplace of ideas, how its content and editing policies affect the openness of the site, and whether academics should contribute more to Wikipedia.

The lunch will be held from noon to 1:15 p.m. on Friday, October 26 in the Halls of Fame Room on the first floor of Carroll Hall.  We will provide box lunches and drinks for those who register. All you need to bring is an inquiring mind.

To register to attend and receive a lunch, please go to our event listing.

Special thanks to Victoria “Tori” Ekstrand and Daren C. Brabham, assistant professors in the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication for the topic description and reading list.



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