New York Knicks

New York has always been known as the mecca of basketball in the world and there is no place that resembles it more than Madison Square Garden home of the New York Knicks. The Wikipedia article for the New York Knicks was first created in the year 2002 and has been edited over 4,300 times in the past twelve years in relation to the time between edits being less than .97 times a day means it can be considered a pretty popular Wikipedia page. However, that is not a surprise because, the Knicks are a large market professional sports franchise(Knicks) and as a pro franchise they natural get all their information from a primary source in this case the National Basketball Association. Many of the rosters, season outcomes, and day to day updates can be lead back to the NBA or the team itself as a credible source to be cited on the Wikipedia page making almost all of the information located on the page itself sufficient in correlation to Henry Jenkins theory of Collective Intel.

In Henry Jenkins article “What Wikipedia Can Teach Us about New Media Studies”, he defines the notion of collective intelligence as the ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others towards a common goal”(Jenkins), which in turn is exactly what Wikipedia is. Wikipedia allows users to gather various information on a wide range of topics and share it with the rest of the world accurately to an extent. As anyone has the ability to edit any article regardless of credentials, age, etc… However, with a wiki page relating to a sports team such as the new York Knicks this is hardly an issue because, according to the statistical information the page is revised everyday on average meaning there will almost never be any major errors on the page as it is edited so frequently.

A lot of editing goes into the construction of a professional sports team like the New York Knicks however, This is can be a good source to learn about the team but only to an extent. Jenkins describes the notation that nobody knows everything but everyone knows something(Jenkins). Even though the wiki page for the New York Knicks holds a good amount of information on the team’s history this is not every single piece of history that the team has to offer. The article fails to realize just how much the Knicks organization actually means to basketball as a whole because although the NBA has record of all the statistical information about the Knicks there is still more to learn about the franchise that is not present in the wiki article on a more iconic level. However, the fact that this Wikipedia article is so popular and edited so much it can be regarding as a good source of collective intelligence for any user that has interest in learning more about the current team or its legendary history as an iconic basketball team.


Works Cited

Jenkins, Henry. “WHAT WIKIPEDIA CAN TEACH US ABOUT THE NEW MEDIA LITERACIES Confessions of an AcaFan. 26 June 2007. Web. 12 Feb. 2014.


“Sports Venues – Madison Square Garden.” Kidzworld. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Feb. 2014.

Manchester City F.C.

Wikipedia, according to Henry Jenkins, is a tangible representation of the New Media principle, Collective Intelligence. I found an article on about the Manchester City Football Club. (M.C.F.C.) From the article’s creation in January of 2003, to its most recent edit, the 12th of February 2014, it has accumulated  6,895 total revisions. 71.23 percent of these revisions were users, and 28.77% were just IPs.


This article is a fantastic example of collective intelligence in Wikipedia as well as our culture. One Editor by the pseudonym ‘Oldelpaso’ made 582 edits on this article alone. This user seems to have credibility as he only edits football articles as well as witnessed Manchester City F.C. take the premier league Championship in 2012. This user is also been a wiki editor since February of 2005. Other large editors of this page share a similar story. The article’s credibility is also justified by the fact that its editing is now semi restricted. I find the article to be well laid out when it chronologically displays the history of the club. Manchester City F.C. historically has only been a successful club the last few years. They won the 2012 Barclay’s Premier League title as the article chronicles. My knowledge of the club does not exceed what is presented in this document, however, everything I do know about M.C.F.C. is correctly depicted in this article.

Jenkins suggests that participatory culture becomes collective intelligence in his blog post, What Wikipedia Can Teach Us About the New Media Literacies. In Wikipedia articles like this one, the term “scholarly article” doesn’t exactly fit as how FMS 110 and Jenkins define it. However, M.C.F.C. has a huge fan base and this articles credibility to being collective intelligence comes from the fan base’s collective knowledge. Fans tend to be crazy about their teams, especially in the premier league in England.

I find that the article provides extensive knowledge and towards the club and its history. It has been edited by two thousand three hundred seven users. fifty-four and a half percent of these edits come from the top ten percent of active users. Jenkins would find that this article qualifies as relevant to new media studies. Increasing reliance on Wikipedia can be dangerous but only if the articles used are scholarly as it has been defined. Here is a better example of how communities of people can use Wikipedia to put their passion into the palms of anyone interested or curious about the subject matter.

Jenkins, Henry. “WHAT WIKIPEDIA CAN TEACH US ABOUT THE NEW MEDIA LITERACIES (PART TWO).” Web log post. Confessions of an AcaFan. N.p., 27 June 2007. Web. 13 Feb. 2014.

“Manchester City F.C.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 12 February 2014. Web. 13 February 2014.

“Manchester City F.C. – Article revision statistics” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 12 February 2014. Web. 13 February 2014.