Christian Pentzold

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Christian Pentzold is an author.

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Title Keyword(s) Published in Language DateThis property is a special property in this wiki. Abstract R C
Imagining the Wikipedia community: What do Wikipedia authors mean when they write about their 'community'? Computer-mediated communication
Grounded Theory
Online community
Wikipedia
New Media and Society English 2011 This article examines the way Wikipedia authors write their 'community' into being. Mobilizing concepts regarding the communicative constitution of communities, the computer-mediated conversation between editors were investigated using Grounded Theory procedures. The analysis yielded an empirically grounded theory of the users' self-understanding of the Wikipedia community as ethos-action community. Hence, this study contributes to research on online community-building as it shifts the focus from structural criteria for communities to the discursive level of community formation. 0 0
Imagining the Wikipedia community: what do Wikipedia authors mean when they write about their ˜community? New media & society XX(X) 1–18 2011 This article examines the way Wikipedia authors write their ˜community into being. Mobilizing concepts regarding the communicative constitution of communities, the computer-mediated conversation between editors were investigated using Grounded Theory procedures. The analysis yielded an empirically grounded theory of the users self-understanding of the Wikipedia community as ethos-action community. Hence, this study contributes to research on online community-building as it shifts the focus from structural criteria for communities to the discursive level of community formation. 0 0
Fixing the floating gap: The online encyclopaedia Wikipedia as a global memory place Collective memory
Consensus and contestation
Discourse
World Wide Web
Memory Studies English May 2009 The article proposes to interpret the web-based encyclopaedia Wikipedia as a global memory place. After presenting the core elements and basic characteristics of wikis and Wikipedia respectively, the article discusses four related issues of social memory studies: collective memory, communicative and cultural memory, `memory places' and the `floating gap'. In a third step, these theoretical premises are connected to the understanding of discourse as social cognition. Fourth, comparison is made between the potential of the World Wide Web as cyberspace for collective remembrance and the obstacles that stand in its way. On this basis, the article argues that Wikipedia presents a global memory place where memorable elements are negotiated. Its complex processes of discussion and article creation are a model of the discursive fabrication of memory. Thus, they can be viewed and analysed as the transition, the `floating gap' between communicative and collective frames of memory. 6 3
Foucault@Wiki: first steps towards a conceptual framework for the analysis of Wiki discourses Wiki
Wikipedia
Computer-mediated communication
Online collaboration
Foucault
Discourse theory
WikiSym English 2006 In this paper, we examine the discursive situation of Wikipedia. The primary goal is to explore principle ways of analyzing and characterizing the various forms of communicative user interaction using Foucault"s discourse theory. First, the communicative situation of Wikipedia is addressed and a list of possible forms of communication is compiled. Second, the current research on the linguistic features of Wikis, especially Wikipedia, is reviewed. Third, some key issues of Foucault"s theory are explored: the notion of "discourse", the discursive formation, and the methods of archaeology and genealogy, respectively. Finally, first steps towards a qualitative discourse analysis of the English Wikipedia are elaborated. The paper argues, that Wikipedia can be understood as a discursive formation that regulates and structures the production of statements. Most of the discursive regularities named by Foucault are established in the collaborative writing processes of Wikipedia, too. Moreover, the editing processes can be described in Foucault"s terms as discursive knowledge production. 12 1