I am a big fan of world history, especially the period of World War 2. So I decided to spend some time analyzing this topic which I am familiar with in this blog post assignment. From reading the information of World War 2 on Wikipedia, I did not find any mistakes. This is the first time for me to use Wikipedia and the website leave a very good impression on me—the format of the website is so concise and the contents are sufficiently detailed.
According to Wikipedia, the World War 2 is a global war which lasted for six years (1939-1945). The beginning part of this war is some conflicts between Asian countries. After reading the content of this topic on the Wikipedia, I find out that this website has a huge amount of information. The contents of World War 2 on this website not only cover all the knowledge I have about World War 2, but also have many things which I didn’t know before. Such as the statistics of death during the period, the intention of some countries to take part in this war and the emergence of new weapons during the war, etc. As it shows in the following image, the article was first edited 13 years ago (November 10th, 2001), 7359 people took part in the edit. Up till now, the article has been edited 22,936 times, average time between edit is 0.2 days.
From these chart, I can conclude that this article is mainly constructed by those who have great interest in World War 2 such as historians and history students. There are thousands of citations in the article, this is what shocks me most. It makes me have an understanding of the real power of ‘collective intelligence’, because if someone wants to cite from thousands of sources, if will probably take half of his or her life to finish. I realize how crucial collective intelligence is in this internet era.
Henry Jenkins spend a few pages to write “What Wikipedia can Teach Us About New Media Literacies,” talking about collective intelligence, he defines collective intelligence as “the ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others towards a common goal” ( Henry Jenkins, Part 2). In my point of view, Wikipedia is a place where collects and provide collective intelligence and a place which fully respect collective intelligence. Not only there are no limitations for the sources, people who see the website can also have a clear view of who contributed to a certain article. According to Henry “nobody knows everything, everyone knows something, and what any member knows is available to the group as a whole at a moment’s notice” I think this is the freedom and best use of knowledge.
Jenkins, Henry. “WHAT WIKIPEDIA CAN TEACH US ABOUT THE NEW MEDIA LITERACIES (PART TWO).”