Quakers and Wikipedia

I never thought of this before, but Wikipedia has much in common with a Quaker meeting. In neither case is there an authority in charge. Anyone may contribute to a Wikipedia article, just as anyone may speak during worship at a meeting of Friends (Quakers).

Simon DeDeo, an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University who has long studied Wikipedia, says that the online encyclopedia has operated like the Quakers: anyone can contribute whenever they are so moved.

John Thornhill, “Wiki-journalism may be part of the answer to fake news“, Financial Times, 2 May 2017 (gated paywall).


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