Wikipedia’s extensive, impressive coverage of the pandemic

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He added a “Covid-19 in Popular Culture” section to the end of the article, which was largely blank except for a few lines about the certainty of upcoming works of art that would relate to the pandemic. Associate editors immediately denied the section, citing a lack of substance. “I said, ‘Hold on, this will fill out,'” said Wyatt. “When you think about the plague of the Middle Ages, and how much literature and culture are now referring to the plague again, we can create this category in advance because we know it will fill up. And that’s exactly what happened. ”In fact, it got so big that it became an article in its own right.


In his essay on Wikipedia’s relationship with breaking news, Brian Keegan notes the amazing detail of the September 11, 2001 Terrorist attack Articles in the months following the event. There was even a list of the nearly 3,000 victims by name, location and civil status. Editors began to argue that the unpretentiousness was “the traditional encyclopedia that Wikipedia tried to stylistically mimic,” and eventually parts of the entry disappeared.

The fact that Wikipedia articles can arise overnight, grow and then contract again reflects the peculiar vicissitudes of records in the digital age. Because the online encyclopedia lives and breathes, it is tied to the present. “Little by little, when the community understands [the pandemic] From a macro perspective, in two, three, five, ten years some of these subpages will be deleted or merged, ”said Stinson. The Tourism in Zanzibar page, for example, could one day forego its Covid-19 notice, especially if there is a surviving, comprehensive article on the impact of the pandemic on global tourism.

Wikimedia archives all deleted pages, of course, so Stephen Harrison writes in slate, astutely remarked that “today’s Wikipedia revisions” [will] become a historical artifact ”for future scientists studying this period.

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