<CPOV> Beyond the legacy of the Enlightenment?
jawbrey at att.net
Wed Mar 17 13:12:07 CET 2010
Geert & All,
We must never let the facts blind us to a beautiful theory.
Geert Lovink wrote:
> I wondered if everyone had already seen this article on First Monday:
> Beyond the legacy of the Enlightenment?
> Online Encyclopaedias as digital heterotopias
> by Jutta Haider and Olaf Sundin
> This article explores how we can understand contemporary participatory
> online encyclopaedic expressions, particularly Wikipedia, in their
> traditional role as continuation of the Enlightenment ideal, as well as
> in the distinctly different space of the Internet. Firstly we position
> these encyclopaedias in a historical tradition. Secondly, we assign them
> a place in contemporary digital networks which marks them out as sites
> in which Enlightenment ideals of universal knowledge take on a new
> shape. We argue that the Foucauldian concept of heterotopia, that is
> special spaces which exist within society, transferred online, can serve
> to understand Wikipedia and similar participatory online encyclopaedias
> in their role as unique spaces for the construction of knowledge, memory
> and culture in late modern society.
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