The myth of user generated content

From Digital Methods, by Richard Rogers, loc 769:

research has found that there is only a tiny ratio of editors to users in Web 2.0 platforms, including Wikipedia, illustrating what is known as the myth of user-generated content. Wikipedia cofounder Jimmy Wales has often remarked that the dedicated community is indeed relatively small, at just over 500 members. Thus the small cadre of Wikipedia editors could be considered a new elite; one research exercise thus consists in relativizing the alleged differences between amateurs and experts, such as through a study of the demographics of Wikipedians.

2 responses to “The myth of user generated content”

  1. I saw a Stat somewhere the other day that all of Wikipedia’s content is contributed by 0.7% of its users. So much for user generated content

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