The Power Of Editing: Wikipedia

submitted by Gene Howington

Excerpt from fivethirtyeight.com’s “The 100 Most-Edited Wikipedia Articles” by Mona Chalabi:

“George W. Bush has been by far the most contested article among Wikipedia editors: Through September 2013, the page had been revised 45,273 times. That’s three revisions for every word in the article.

Not surprisingly, Bush isn’t the only political figure to attract factual controversy. The Wikipedia entry on Barack Obama has been revised 23,514 times — just slightly ahead of Adolf Hitler (23,499 revisions). Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln and Bill Clinton all make it into the top 100 (Sarah Palin falls just short, in 104th place).

Articles on religion, including Jehovah’s Witnesses and Muhammed, or about specific countries, such as the United States and Israel, attract plenty of revisions. More surprising, however, is that World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) features in more revised articles than any other single body — seven — and is responsible for the second-most-revised article: list of WWE personnel.

Does all this reflect how controversial some topics are in society at large, or merely which topics are most contested by the people who edit Wikipedia? I had a strong suspicion it was mostly the latter (although I didn’t think the typical Wikipedia volunteer would also be a big WWE enthusiast), but it’s difficult to know.” [emphasis added]

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Note: This article relates to the forthcoming installment in the Propaganda Series, “Propaganda 200: In Summation, Gist The Whitewashing Power Of Editing”.

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2 Responses to The Power Of Editing: Wikipedia

  1. pete says:

    I would’ve though “Natural Busted Women in Hollywood” would be the most edited.

  2. Certainly the most viewed, pete. 😀

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