Educators have banned the use of Wikipedia as a credible source for students to use. It is deemed that the information gathered on this site is incorrect and insufficient. Although virtually any person can make an edit on any Wiki page, the users of Wikipedia are dedicated to editing false or incorrect information and cite sources to validate the information. Many users are able to come together and compile their knowledge on a subject to share with other users. Wikipedia is an excellent source for analyzing the effects of collective knowledge and how the Wikipedia has blurred the “Expert Paradigm”. Wikipedia is a source for people to pool their knowledge together and revise/edit information on any topic imaginable. The Lord of the Rings (film series) page is no exception to the wonder of collective intelligence. This page has undergone around 4000 edits over a period of 11 years. This page was created in 2003 by a user that is no longer actively editing Wikipedia pages. There are 31 editors on this page that have edited at least 10 times, with one user having edited 816 times. This semi-retired editor who reached over 816 edits on this page has a history of editing Science Fiction films. The remaining top editors also have affiliations with the Science fiction genre, but are all also currently inactive. This suggests that the users who edit the information are credible since they have a vast knowledge of the genre of science fiction and films. The editors that have contributed to this page have been able to pool their knowledge on the world of Tolkein, Peter Jackson, and the film industry together to create a page dedicated to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. This page also has 105 sources cited. This topic has maintained a fairly high traffic rate consistent with the popularity of the series with over 160,000 searches a day. The statistics of this page are proof that Wikipedia and its users are dedicated to offering the most accurate and truthful information possible, with editors undoing edits they deem inaccurate. Wikipedia allows users who are passionate or very familiar with a topic share and express their knowledge with others, as seen with a majority of the editors on this Wiki page being fans of film and science fiction. This page proves that although the Expert Paradigm assumes only some people have credentials and knowledge bound by rules of discipline, many people can contribute as much of their knowledge together has a small group of “formally educated” scholars. Wikipedia is not only a source of collective information but a teaching tool in that it “young people coming of age in an information society learn by playing with information”(Jenkins: What Wikipedia Can Teach Us About the New Media Literacies). Wikipedia can teach young people how to properly research information by using Wikipedia. Contributing to Wikipedia and using it has collective intelligence unifies humankinds bond with one another and also unifies the bond between man and technology and humans influence on technology.
Henry Jenkins. “What Wikipedia Can Teach Us About the New Media Literacies (Part One).” Confession of an Aca-Fan: The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins. WordPress. Web. 10 Feb 2014.
Henry Jenkins. “What Wikipedia Can Teach Us About the New Media Literacies (Part Two).” Confession of an Aca-Fan: The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins. WordPress. Web. 10 Feb 2014.