This week we’re reading Leigh Gruwell’s “Wikipedia’s Politics of Exclusion: Gender, Epistemology, and Feminist Rhetorical (In)action” from Computers & Composition. As you formulate your response, you may find the following questions helpful: How do the systems of Wikipedia exclude women’s voices? Why is this important to understanding knowledge online? How is understanding the human subjects… Read More Gruwell Wikipedia Politics of Exclusion
After reading both “Feminist Standpoint Theory” in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy and Wikipedia’s statement on “Neutral Point of View (NPOV)” consider the following questions: Is it possible to keep your standpoint AND remain neutral? Can you “begin with the lives of the marginalized” and be neutral? Why or why not? Is neutrality problematic for WGS?… Read More Is a Neutral Standpoint Possible?
Today, we’re going to look at a variety of Wikipedia entries about Intersectionality. In your small groups, select one of the entries listed below: Violence and Intersectionality Matrix of Domination Triple Oppression Multiple Jeopardy Womanism Black Feminism Standpoint Theory Next, answer the following questions about the entry you selected: How does Wikipedia define the term… Read More Wikipedia Entries on Intersectionality
Now that you’re closing in on the end of the Wikipedia project, I’d like you to think about you’ve learned. Feel free to use this entry as the start of your journal entry this week too. You may find the following questions helpful in formulating your response: Why did you select the person/event you’re writing/editing… Read More Wikipedia Reflection
In The Atlantic’s “Wikipedia’s Hostility to Women,” Emma Paling notes that “Wikipedia is suffering from a cyclical kind of sexism.” With this in mind, consider the following questions as we read the article: What does the first example of Lightbreather tell us about the treatment of women on Wikipedia? How do you feel about Wikipedia’s Arbitration… Read More Wikipedia Hostile to Women
Today we’re reading Katrina Krämer’s article “Female Scientists’ Pages Keep Disappearing from Wikipedia – What’s Going On?” in Chemistry World. As we read this article, consider some of the following questions: In their policy on notability Wikipedia states that “the person who is the topic of a biographical article should be “worthy of notice” or “note”… Read More Female Scientists Notability and Wikipedia
Today, we’re reading KC Cole’s Wired article, “The Shaky Ground Truths of Wikipedia.” As you read it. consider the following questions: Cole claims that “Unconscious bias comes in all forms.” They provide a number of examples of unconscious bias. What unconscious biases do you have? What biases have you experienced? Cole states, “Not seeing yourself… Read More Shaky Ground Wikipedia
In “Respecting Trans Lives on Wikipedia,” Pax Ahimsa Gethen argues that “there is no universal trans story or experience.” Keep this idea in mind as you move forward reading about trans folx and how you might write about their lives. Gethen states that they dislike “self-identified” as a way of describing gender. Why? What is… Read More Trans Lives on Wikipedia
Today, we’re looking at a series of articles entitled, “Where Are the Women in Wikipedia?” in the Room for Debate from The New York Times. In small groups, you’ll be given one of the articles and asked to answer the questions below. You should designate one typist for your group. Feel free to copy and… Read More Where Women in Wikipedia?
My first year of college, I took the obligatory Introduction to Western Thought class at 8:00am Tuesdays and Thursdays. This class taught me a couple things: I hate morning classes and I don’t know much about anything. In some ways, Dr. Massanari’s class fundamentally changed the ways I think about truth and knowledge. I think he’d… Read More Digitizing Truth