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Wikipedia: Informationspublicering på Internet ur ett genus- och maktperspektiv
Södertörn University College, School of Communication, Media and it.
Södertörn University College, School of Communication, Media and it.
2007 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
: (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This essay is about publishing on the Internet and aims to understand the differences between publishing information on the webpage Wikipedia (Swedish version) in contrast to other information pages on the Internet, for example blog, discussion pages, homepages etcetera. The study is based upon an article which described that 90% of the information publishers at Wikipedia belongs to a small elite of white, western, well educated men between the age of thirty to thirtythree. This study examines why people who does not belong to this heteronormativity publish information in other Internet places but not at Wikipedia.Wikipedia is an open source site, where anyone can publish and are even encouraged to do so and is often described as an utopian dream of the digital democracy, so why don´t people express themselves on Wikipedia? The method is based on two discussion groups, which are compared and analyzed. The study is based upon theoretical competence within feminist theory and conceptions such as intersectionality, heteronormativity and digital divide as well as theories about digital devices and social order. The analyses concluded that Wikipedias structure restrains people from contributing with information on the site, that is understand to be associated with true and objective information and prestige. It is also compared to the printed encyclopedia which also strengthens this understanding. And when people publish information in other coherences it is based upon their own understanding, and this requirement for true and objective information at Wikipedia hinder many.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. , 30 p.
Keyword [en]
Information publishing, Wikipedia, Digital divide, Digital democracy, Internet
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-2708OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-2708DiVA: diva2:229306
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2009-08-13 Created: 2009-08-11 Last updated: 2009-08-13Bibliographically approved

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