<CPOV> Beyond the Legacy of the Enlightenment?

Jon Awbrey jawbrey at att.net
Wed Mar 17 14:40:06 CET 2010

Andrew & All,

Looking back, the sources that I found most helpful
in understanding what goes on in Wikipedia are these:

John Dewey, ''The Quest for Certainty''

Argyris and Schön’s ideas about espoused values vs. actual values --

Max Weber, ''The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism''

William S. Burroughs, ''Naked Lunch''

Sorrentino, Richard M., and Roney, Christopher J.R. (2000),
''The Uncertain Mind : Individual Differences in Facing the Unknown'',
(Essays in Social Psychology, Miles Hewstone (ed.)), Taylor and Francis,
Philadelphia, PA.

More details and other sources are listed here:


As usual, the "review of the literature" exhausted my energies for the time being,
so I will have to write out the rest of what I opened this page to write later on.

Jon Awbrey

andrew.famiglietti at lcc.gatech.edu wrote:
| I actually blogged about this same idea awhile ago here:
| http://blogs.bgsu.edu/afamigl/2009/03/26/tasty-theory-clusters/
| The thoughts in that blog post were drawn from an early draft
| of my dissertation, however I ultimately abandoned the notion
| of "Wikipedia as Heterotopia" because I found it unhelpful.
| After reading this article, I remain confident that I made the right decision.
| It's true that Wikipedia, like Borges' mythical Chinese Encyclopedia, brings
| together many unfamiliar elements,
| from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_animals_with_fraudulent_diplomas
| to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicron,
| but I'm not sure how the Heterotopia helps us understand the
| particular construction that is Wikipedia (and Foucault himself
| insists that Hereotopias are specific constructions!).  Why does
| Wikipedia associate the particular elements that it does?  Why are
| other things left out?  Can we discover some contours to the content
| left behind by the endless clash of the drives to archive and the drive
| to erase that are embodied by those two great camps, the inclusionists and
| the deletionists?
| I'm still trying to answer those questions, and I'm already getting some helpful
| insights from participating on this list! I'm just not sure how helpful it is
| to define Wikipedia as "Heterotopia," even though I think it clearly fits
| this definition.
| - Andy


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