<CPOV> Beyond the legacy of the Enlightenment?

Jon Awbrey 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:
> Hi,
> I wondered if everyone had already seen this article on First Monday:
> http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/2744/2428 
> 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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