The World and Wikipedia

The World and Wikipedia: How We are Editing Reality

The World and Wikipedia (2009)
Author Andrew Dalby
Language English
Subject Wikipedia
Genre Nonfiction
Publisher Siduri Books
Publication date
25 September 2009
Pages 256
ISBN 978-0-9562052-0-9
OCLC 607024531

The World and Wikipedia: How We are Editing Reality is a book written by the British linguist Andrew Dalby and published by Siduri Books in 2009.[1]

The author provides a context for the birth and growth of Wikipedia through an examination of the wider encyclopedia tradition. The work and community behaviour of its expert and non-expert contributors are discussed, as are the question of reliability and the problem of vandalism. Dalby covers numerous incidents from English, French and German Wikipedias and closes with an optimistic outlook on the central and responsible role he believes Wikipedia will assume in the media.[2]

The book follows an "anecdotal approach" to argue that "disproportionate emphasis on popular culture [...] does happen but that over time substance is added and entries are extended" and why "we will come to rely on it more and more and that it will come to serve us better than its predecessors."[3] He "claims Roman naturalist, Pliny the Elder, as a proto-Wikipedian", and makes the case "that Wikipedia [...] has become more reliable as more people use it".[4]

See also


  1. David Cox, "The Truth According To Wikipedia" in Evening Standard (22 October 2009)
  2. Rémi Mathis, "The World and Wikipedia" in Bulletin des bibliothèques de France vol. 55 (2010) p. 99
  3. The World and Wikipedia: how we are editing reality" in REFERplus Spring 2010
  4. "Greeks, Romans ... and Wikipedians" in Cam no. 58 (Michaelmas 2009) pp. 46-47
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