Wikipedia Women

Interesting thread on Joi Ito’s blog regarding the proportion and visibility of women vs men in Wikipedia and, by extension, in blogging. I was gonna write something more but this comment does it for me.

Studies have been made of blogging and have found that 50% or more of all webloggers, journalists or ‘bloggers’ implied categorization aside, are women; however, men are given disproportionate attention. Why? Good question, someone let me know when there’s a good answer.

In blogging, there are many different factors that generate attention, including a person’s name (how well they’re known), wealth, status, etc—above and beyond the quality or amount of participation in the weblogs. In the wikipedia, attention is based on involvement and quality, no other factor.

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