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Wikipedia като „контактна зона”
Wikipedia as “contact zone”

Author(s): Slavka Karakusheva
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Фондация Медийна Демокрация

Summary/Abstract: The paper attempts to explore the production and consumption of knowledge within the conditions of contemporary media with active users’ participation. It focuses on the talk behind the article ‘Pomaks’ in Wikipedia and regards it as a ‘contact zone’ of cultures, identity markers and historical discourses. What contemporary media provides is the opportunity for production of knowledge “from below”, from a position left in the periphery of the national identity construction. On the other hand, the collective participation in article production and the basic rules and principles in Wikipedia keep the knowledge in conventional frames and block any alternative story in which people may need to believe when there is lack of adequate public historical narrative considering the existence of the Bulgarian Muslims.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 07
  • Page Range: 137 - 150
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Bulgarian