Power, visibility, Wikipedia

Tkacz, Nathaniel. 2007. Power, visibility, Wikipedia. Southern Review: Communication, Politics & Culture, 40(2), pp. 5-19. ISSN 0038-4526 [Article]

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According to a popular current in cultural criticism, which focuses on the danger of new technologies, new media have the potential to enhance surveillance. This article is also concerned with a type of visibility, but not one that is reducible to surveillance. Rather, the article investigates the potential for new technologies to open up, or make visible, political processes that have in the past best been described by the metaphor of the black box. In particular, I focus on Wikipedia and the production of knowledge. The article finishes by linking this new potential to a new power relation, fittingly termed 'visibility'.

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Electronic surveillance, Power (Social sciences), Sociology of Knowledge, Wikipedia

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


January 2007Published

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26 Sep 2023 09:32

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26 Sep 2023 09:32

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