Sunday Book-Thought 92

What Wikipedia offers instead is the voice of a collective: not of the collective entirety of its millions of users, but of the hive mind composed of the many individual, fluid, and constantly evolving communities gathered around any one of its entries. Though composite, it is no less a voice which exhibits its own personal traits – and it is important that users of the site begin to understand the differences between the voices of individual collectives existing around specific pages in Wikipedia, and thereby learn to distinguish the credible, authoritative voices of fully formed issue communities from the vague, uncertain voices haunting the as yet less developed areas in the project.
Axel Bruns, Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life, and Beyond: From Production to Produsage (New York: Peter Lang,  2008), p. 133.

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