Scooby-Doo!

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Created in 1969, Scooby-Doo has attracted generations of fans. The story of a talking dog and his mystery solving friends can seem dated. His Wikipedia page, however, is much more recent. The page for Scooby-Doo was created a little less than a year after the creation of Wikipedia itself. Spanning decades, with fans old and new, the page deals with a lot of information. These fans “bond by working together to fill gaps in their collective knowledge.” (Jenkins, Part 2)

scob3There are thousands of edits to the page with at least one occurring every day and anyone can edit the page. This results in a struggle between the older Scooby-Doo fans and the younger ones. In 2010, the most edits occurred due to the airing of the new show, Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated. The younger viewers would post and then the older ones would have to go back and edit it. Jenkins says “Participating in the Wikipedia community helps young people to think about their own roles as researchers and writers…” (Jenkins, Part 2). For certain topics, that might seem applicable. But for a character who has existed for 45 years, it leaves it up to the older audience to unmask the truth and deal with all the meddling kids.

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With a show that ranges so many years; some younger viewers can’t seem to differentiate between what is real or fake. The younger viewers are “sometimes getting confused about where any fact came from, or blurring the lines between their own insights and those from secondary sources” (Jenkins, Part 1). This is due to such websites as Scooby-Doo Fanon, also an online encyclopedia, that fans of the show contribute their ideas and concepts to. Many times, titles from this website have become part of the Wikipedia page. This becomes even more of an issue. This misinformation is exactly the reason most people have a problem with Wikipedia as a reliable source.

Scob6“The Wikipedia movement is a place where young people and adults work together to achieve shared goals.” (Jenkins, Part 2). This statement mirrors what the Scooby-Doo page is working towards. As younger viewers become more aware of the property, they will eventually be able to assist the older audience in their shared goal of creating a reliable page for everyone’s favorite crime-solving canine. Wikipedia can be a place for the correct information, as long as everyone stays on the same page.

Works Cited:
Jenkins, Henry. “WHAT WIKIPEDIA CAN TEACH US ABOUT THE NEW MEDIA LITERACIES (PART ONE).” Confessions of an AcaFan. N.p., 26 June 2007. Web. 14 Feb. 2014.
Jenkins, Henry. “WHAT WIKIPEDIA CAN TEACH US ABOUT THE NEW MEDIA LITERACIES (PART TWO).” Confessions of an AcaFan. N.p., 26 June 2007. Web. 16 Feb. 2014.
“Scooby-Doo.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2014.
“Wikia.” Scooby Doo Fanon Wiki. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2014.
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One comment on “Scooby-Doo!

  1. The blog post does a good job of bringing up an interesting idea: How do generational differences affect the way Wikipedia’s contributors share/edit the page? The reader might wonder how it’s possible to analyze that information though, with the anonymity of Wikipedia, so be sure to explain how that data was collected or qualify statements so the reader can see that you are suggesting a possibility, rather than setting up a clear factual statement. The blog does a good job utilizing in-text citations to show what information is original to your post and what comes from external sources. One thing to consider when using images is how to make them function best for the reader. Be sure to tie them into the post through your text, and take the opportunity to annotate the images to highlight your main points, using Awesome Screenshots, for example. The main way to improve the post would be to keep the focus on the assignment, which asks for a definition for and discussion of collective intelligence. While the blog post discusses interesting ideas from Jenkins, it works around the idea of collective intelligence without providing that information for the reader. The post should also introduce Jenkins article title and Jenkins, keeping in mind that the reader might not be familiar with the reading from class.

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