Submissions/How Rules and Resources Constrain Social Memory on Wikipedia: the case of 2011 Japan earthquake
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How Rules and Resources Constrain Social Memory on Wikipedia: the case of 2011 Japan earthquake
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Emmanuel Wathelet (PhD Student) François Lambotte (PhD, project supervisor)
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FUCaM (Facultés universitaires catholiques de Mons)
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On Friday, March 14, 2011 at 2:46 p.m., an earthquake of magnitude 9.0 struck the coast of Japan. A Wikipedia article is built a few minutes later starting a social memory process.
Before becoming a cultural memory, social memory is short-term, disorganized and unstable. The process leading to a distanced, fixed, objectified and specialized memory is unclear. Considered as a global memory place, Wikipedia provides access to this process. On Wikipedia, the memory is collectively negotiated and centralization of discussions on a single platform allows analysis. Informal exchanges on talk pages lead to formal articles of the encyclopedia.
The negotiation of memory on Wikipedia is made possible through a series of explicit and implicit rules and resources – policies and guidelines.
We apply our analysis to the article about the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and Tsunami. We will: 1) identify the rules and resources involved in drafting the article; 2) conduct a narratological reconstruction of decisions taken following the confrontation with the rules; 3) outline the specifics of an online social memory facilitated and constrained by rules and resources.
Prospectively, we will try to sketch answers to these questions: • To what extent is Wikipedia institutionalized? • Does memory belongs to contributors able to master the rules?
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