Networked Expertise in the Era of Many-to-many Communication: On Wikipedia and Invention

  title={Networked Expertise in the Era of Many-to-many Communication: On Wikipedia and Invention},
  author={Damien Smith Pfister},
  journal={Social Epistemology},
  pages={217 - 231}
  • D. Pfister
  • Published 1 July 2011
  • Art
  • Social Epistemology
This essay extends the observations made in E. Johanna Hartelius’ The rhetoric of expertise about the nature of expertise in digital contexts. I argue that digital media introduce a scale of communication—many-to-many—that reshapes how the invention of knowledge occurs. By examining how knowledge production on Wikipedia occurs, I illustrate how many-to-many communication introduces a new model of “participatory expertise.” This model of participatory expertise challenges traditional information… 

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