Avenged Sevenfold

I choose the Avenged Sevenfold page because I have visited it frequently over the years and I am well versed in the history of the group. Sevenfold debuted  with “Sounding the Seventh Trumpet” on Good Life records in 1999, then achieving a good amount of American fame in 2003 with the release of their sophomore album, “Waking the Fallen”. What I find interesting is that the page was not founded until 2004, but only had 11 edits in that year. The take-off in edits occurred in 2006, most likely because their 2005 release, “City of Evil”had multiple singles on radio and MTV circulating and the band playing an important slot on “Ozzfest”. The album eventually was certified as a gold record by the RIAA. The next big jump in edits was in 2008, when their eponymous album was receiving incredible publicity and awards around the music scene.. From 2006 to 2008, the edits stayed in high figures, never getting below 1900. What I found strange was one of the lowest points of edits was in late 2009 and early 2010, around the time when drummer, James Sullivan, died. The edits for this most likely took place in February of 2010,, which is when the cause of death was discovered. Edits for this page have been on the decline for the most part since 2008. This page early on seemed to be an example of a base for collective intelligence, but as time went on, less and less people seem to be contributing.graph

According to Henry Jenkins, collective intelligence is, “The ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others towards a common goal”.  It seems that the pool of people giving to this has page diminished over time and  now, doesn’t seem to be working as much as a collection of intelligence but just a retelling of intelligence.  The group has just recently released a new album, “Hail to the King” which is currently getting high praise and radio airplay, but the edits remain stagnant. The question becomes, “Does the page have to have a high edit count to be considered collective intelligence?”.  People could just be getting the information right the first time, which would make this a collective intelligence page. A reason for this rebuttal is that according to the traffic statistics, the page has been visited 1,139,972 times in the last 30 days, more the 3,200 day. Even though the edits are on the decline, the sharing of intelligence is not. This is a collective intelligence because people are coming to this page frequently to receive information about the topic.  traff

This also proves another one of Jenkins’ points, that, “The Wikipedians sought to make the production of knowledge more transparent to everyday people”. With that many people visiting the page everyday, it seems people are just going to collect new intelligence and more likely than not, nothing else. Transparency as a new media literacy means not being able to see how media shapes the world. This page has less contributors to the pool of knowledge but an amazing amount are drinking from this pool and that to me means it is a collective intelligence.

“WHAT WIKIPEDIA CAN TEACH US ABOUT THE NEW MEDIA LITERACIES (PART ONE).” Web log post. Confessions of an AcaFan. Henryjenkins.org, 26 June 200. Web. 14 Feb. 2014.

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One comment on “Avenged Sevenfold

  1. The post does a great job setting up the topic of the Wikipedia page as well as your expertise with the band. The first paragraph might be improved by having it function as an introductory paragraph, and putting the data analysis in a later paragraph. The post does a good job defining collective intelligence, though defining it earlier in the blog post would help the reader apply it to the data currently in the first paragraph. Readers who are not familiar with Jenkins or the reading from class would benefit from getting the article title within the text of the blog post, which would also provide context for the concept of collective intelligence. Be sure to connect your images to the text of the blog post, and be sure to utilize images in a way that is most helpful to the reader, either by annotating them to direct the reader to useful information or by cropping the image so it contains only information related to your points.

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