Magna Carta

I have just been to a discussion between Cornelia Parker RA and Jimmy Wales about the embroidery that Cornelia has made based on the Wikipedia entry for Magna Carta.   The embroidery is currently (and temporarily) exhibited in the British Library before going on tour to the Whitworth Art Gallery, the Bodleian and other venues.   There was an intriguing contrast between Cornelia’s views of Wikipedia as a pre-eminently democratic medium reflecting the voice and, by implication, the views of its individual contributors and Jimmy Wales’s description of the average Wikipedian who is a young, male techie (average age 27).   Wales said that bloggers tend to be obsessed by the sound of their own voice whereas Wikipedians are obsessed by the protocols of accuracy.

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