Tag Archives: transnational communication

:::: contributing to wikipedia: ‘a mixed bag of anger, frustration & enjoyment’

28 Sep

Jimmy Wales himself shared some self-critical thought on this year’s Wikimania by summarzing the development of decreasing newcomers with the words “maybe we lost the spirit of welcoming people”.

In a Facebook posting Geert Lovink talks about his student project that sought for critical Wikipedia research.  He reflected “[t]he assignment also to write a new Wikipedia in a preferred language…. Surprisingly, with the exception of 1 or 2, students had never contributed to Wikipedia. As you can read, their experiences were a mixed bag of anger, frustration and enjoyment after initial bewilderment how complicated it all was. The Wikipedia interface seems outdated and overly complicated. And Dutch editors seem particularly rude in comparison to the English.”

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:::: thoughts in progress: why to move one step back?

3 May

While the normative concept of political public sphere needs territoriality in order to link back communicative space to sovereign entities, the analytical dimension of public space should not be restricted by the geopolitical unit of political entities (e.g. nation states) because political public spaces contain practices of both territorialisation and deterritorialisation. Continue reading

:::: wikimania 2009

23 Mar

From August, 26-28, 2009 the Wikmania took place in Buenes Aires (Call for Participation). This event exists since 2005 and brings together Wikimedians from all over the world. Wikimedians contributing to projects such as Wikipedia, Wikiversity or Wikitionary gather ‘offline’ in order to exchange experiences, ideas, and research. This event is open for everyone who is interested in the projects of Wikimedia. Continue reading

:::: initials thoughts

16 Mar

My initial thoughts that brought me to being engaged in virtualized transnational public spaces were feeded by two strands of research. Though research about transnational public sphere – with an ‘s’ in brackets – is in its fledging stages, there is a growing amount of mainly empirical studies  trying to grasp transnational and/or European public space. Continue reading