The Wikipedia Page on the Arizona Diamondbacks has 2,086 edits so far. For being a page that started only 13 years ago this is a lot, with there being an edit every 2.14 days. Pages for sports team need a lot of edits because their history is changing every day, even each time player is traded or anything overall changes. I personally am a huge Diamondbacks fan; and after carefully reading the Wikipedia web page on the Diamondbacks just about all the information is correct. Using this page as a sample, we can answer the question, “is Wikipedia a good source for collective intelligence?”
Henry Jenkins writes in his article What Wikipedia Can Teach Us About New Media Literacies, (part 1), “According to a recent study from the Pew Center for Internet & American Life, more than half of all teens have generated media content and roughly a third of teens online have shared content they produced with others. In many cases these teens are actively involved in what we are calling participatory cultures.” So more than half of teenagers are actively involved in the online intelligence media websites. This shows the amount of collective intelligence there currently is on the web. With the Wikipedia page about the Diamondbacks, about 82 percent of the edits on the page were major edits (this can be seen in the picture at the end). This is a pretty big amount. If 82 percent of the edits were major edits, that that means 1,711 of the edits were major edits. With this many edits, I feel like the answer to the question “Is Wikipedia a good source for collective intelligence?” is yes. I thoroughly read thru the Wikipedia webpage for the Diamondbacks, and I could not honestly find one thing wrong with the page. I also did some research from the Diamondbacks website and everything is accurate.
Now this being said, I do not believe every page will be 100 percent accurate, and this is also why I do not think Wikipedia is a good source for school projects and good sources to back up information. For one, there are edits on each page all the time, so what is information now on the page could be gone in a matter of days. And second, it is an encyclopedia. Encyclopedias are not used for sources in the first place. But, Henry Jenkins writes in part 2 of What Wikipedia Can Teach us about New Media Literacies, “On the other hand, participants are encouraged to see themselves as members of a knowledge community and to trust their collaborators to fill in information they don’t know and challenge their claims about the world”. So should we trust what is in there because we don’t know it? I say yes because thousands of people are reading this and editing this, so if there is bad information in there, it is most likely to be taken down.
“D-backs History | Dbacks.com: History.” Arizona Diamondbacks. N.p., 14 Feb. 2014. Web. 16 Feb. 2014.
Jenkins, Henry. “WHAT WIKIPEDIA CAN TEACH US ABOUT THE NEW MEDIA LITERACIES (PART ONE).” Confessions of an AcaFan.http://henryjenkins.org/2007/06/what_wikipedia_can_teach_us_ab.html, 26 June 2007. Web. 14 Feb. 2014.
Jenkins, Henry. “WHAT WIKIPEDIA CAN TEACH US ABOUT THE NEW MEDIA LITERACIES (PART TWO).” Confessions of anAcaFan. http://henryjenkins.org/2007/06/what_wikipedia_can_teach_us_ab_1.html. 26 June 2007 Web. 14 Feb. 2014.