Tech 114 – Tech Post 4

Description of Wiki

The phenomena of Wiki allow everyday Internet users to freely create and edit web content. The open editing concept has grown since the early 90’s, with popular websites like Wikipedia. People began sharing information in a bilateral fashion, a form of multi-directional communication on relevant information.

Historical Precedents of Wiki

Before the Wiki was released, there was the World Wide Web, the Encyclopedia, and the email. These three precedents share similar characteristics with communication and information sharing. They are all open source applications, but all have a more unilateral approach, which is a one directional form of communication. Together they paved the way for Wiki’s to become a popular multi-directional form of communication.

The World Wide Web is a hypertext client that allows the creation of websites in text format on the Internet. With this new technology, people were starting to share information online. Individuals would create web pages with information for others to look at, which reinforced the unilateral approach.

The Encyclopedia is a work of reference, a holding bank of information on particular branched of knowledge, or general knowledge of many branches. Encyclopedia entries are much more detailed then ordinary dictionaries, and they can grow to be extremely large. Original encyclopedias are organized by Alphabet; often each letter has its own volume. Volumes of encyclopedias can fill libraries. Even though encyclopedias fill the World Wide Web now as well, they still remain a unilateral form of communication.

The email is a relevant precedent to Wiki because it is a collaborative tool like Wiki. It was a digital online method to send information to a one recipient or more. People would send information to each other so they would not have to meet to exchange knowledge. It was the closest thing to instant communication, and keeping in touch, in comparison to face-to-face communication. Before wikis emerged, emails were used for personal, social, and work related information. Even though emails are so close to instant communication, they are still a form of unilateral communication, because one email must be sent first, before another email can be replied.

Currents Perspectives of Wiki

Now, year 2011, the most popular Wikis are Wikipedia, and Wiki leaks. At first Wikipedia was revolutionary in bilateral information sharing. Then Wiki leaks showed up, and created controversial open source information for everyone, by sharing private, or classified information from anonymous sources. The wiki offers confidential government information to the general public. The creator of Wiki leaks is also under very much scrutiny. Julian Assange has many federal offense charges against him, and is sometime considered a hero, or a dangerous troublemaker. As the creator of Wiki leaks, I would probably say he is a troublemaker who likes to stir things up. He may be causing trouble, but he is doing well by exposing oppressive regimes across the globe.

Conclusion

I think wiki’s will continue to release controversial information for the general public. The world is in a dark state, with global pollution, political unrest, and economical issues. The general public wants to see positive changes, at the same time; they want to unravel wrongdoings that have sent our world into this state of depression. With these needs, Wiki leaks will continue to prevail, and other social media applications will be released to provide information on leadership regiments, and political controversies.

APA reference list

The World wide web. (n.d.). Retreived Jan, 25, 2011 from

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_wikis/

 

Wiki leaks. (2006). Retreived Jan, 25, 2011, from

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiLeaks/

 

What is Wiki? (n.d.). Retrieved Jan, 25, 2011, from

http://wiki.org/wiki.cgi?WhatIsWiki/the globe.

 

Encyclopedia. (n.d.). Retreived Jan, 25, 2011 from

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encyclopedia

 

Wiki leaks. (2006). Retreived Jan, 25, 2011, from

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiLeaks/

 

What is Wiki? (n.d.). Retrieved Jan, 25, 2011, from

http://wiki.org/wiki.cgi?WhatIsWiki/

 

Mcluhans 4 laws of media. (2006). Retrieved Feb, 20, 2011, from

http://www.johndilworth.com/blog/post/20

 

Email. (n.d.) Retrieved March 7th from

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Email

 

How Email Works. (n.d.) Retrieved March 7th from

http://communication.howstuffworks.com/email.htm

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Tech 114 – Tech Post 3

Precedent to Wiki – Email

The email is a relevant precedent to Wiki because it is a collaborative tool like Wiki. It was a digital online method to send information to a one recipient or more. People would send information to each other so they would not have to meet to exchange knowledge. It was the closest thing to instant communication, and keeping in touch, in comparison to face-to-face communication. Before wikis emerged, emails were used for personal, social, and work related information.

Current perspective of Email

Nowadays it is common for everyone to have an email address still. But it is more of a way to leave messages and share large files online. It has become more linked to personal and social communication because Wiki’s has taken over for the exchange of work information in between recipients. Wiki allows everyone to view and edit one file, while email requires many documents to send back and forth before compilation. Email is still very relevant, with common hustle and bustle lifestyle, an email is a great way to leave a message for a busy person.

Relationship between Email and Wiki

The relationship between Email and Wiki is constructive. Email is a true precedent of Wiki but did not become obsolete due to Wiki. It would seem that Wiki could do everything an email is worth, but when it comes to efficient and meaningful communication, the email still has something to offer. The email is a great way of making first contact, or leaving a friendly message in todays busy work lifestyle. Wiki may have taken many great functional attributes from the email, but it also gave light to the personable attributes of email.

APA reference

Email. (n.d.) Retrieved March 7th from

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Email

 

How Email Works. (n.d.) Retrieved March 7th from

http://communication.howstuffworks.com/email.htm

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Tech 114 – Tech Post 2

Tech Post 2

Part A – Historical Precedent to the Wiki – The Encyclopedia

A historical precedent to the wiki is the encyclopedia. It is a work of reference, a holding bank of information on particular branched of knowledge, or general knowledge of many branches. Encyclopedia entries are much more detailed then ordinary dictionaries, and they can grow to be extremely large. Original encyclopedias are organized by alphabet, often each letter has its own volume. Volumes of encyclopedias can fill libraries.  And now online encyclopedias fill the internet space.

Part B – Current Perspective of Wiki – Wiki Leaks

Now, year 2011, a very controversial online encyclopedia is Wiki leaks. The wiki offers confidential government information to the general public. The creator of Wiki leaks is also under very much scrutiny. Julian Assange has many federal offense charges against him, and is sometime considered a hero, or a dangerous troublemaker. As the creator of Wiki leaks, I would probably say he is a troublemaker who likes to stir things up. He may be causing trouble, but he is doing good by exposing oppressive regimes across the globe.

Relationship between Current State and Precedent of the Wiki

The encyclopedia and Wiki leaks both share knowledge with general public. They both have entries that fill a space, physical, or internet space. Wiki leaks enhances the experience for users, people who seek knowledge now get a bonus of exclusive information. Information that would be under wraps before are up for grabs now. When Encyclopedia first emerged it was the same deal, new information on general knowledge was finally open source and easily accessible.  The medium is similar, the message has the same expression of open source information, while wiki leaks has grown to reveal controversial information.

APA reference list

 

Encyclopedia. (n.d.). Retreived Jan, 25, 2011 from

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encyclopedia

 

Wiki leaks. (2006). Retreived Jan, 25, 2011, from

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiLeaks/

 

What is Wiki? (n.d.). Retrieved Jan, 25, 2011, from

http://wiki.org/wiki.cgi?WhatIsWiki/

 

Mcluhans 4 laws of media. (2006). Retrieved Feb, 20, 2011, from
http://www.johndilworth.com/blog/post/20

 

 

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Description of Wiki

The phenomena of Wiki allows everyday internet users to freely create and edit web content. The open editing concept has grown since the early 90’s, with popular websites like Wikipedia. People began sharing information in a bilateral fashion, a form of multi-directional communication on relevant information.

Part A – Historical Precedent

One important historical precedent to the Wiki, was the World Wide Web, also known a WWW. This is a hypertext client that allows the creation of websites in text format on the internet. With this new technology, people were starting to share information online. Individuals would create web pages with information for others to look at, which was more of a unilateral approach, a form of one directional communication. Then Wiki came, the first one created was known as Wiki Wiki Web.

Part B – Current Events of Wiki

Now, year 2011, the most popular Wikis are Wikipedia, and Wiki leaks. At first Wikipedia was revolutionary in bilateral information sharing. Then Wiki leaks showed up, and further created up scale open source information for everyone, by sharing private, or classified information from anonymous sources. It exposed leadership regimes from around the world, educating people of what goes on in the background of world leaders decision making. Criticized and prosecuted against by governmental offices, Wiki leaks proved to be a controversial open source of information for the people.

Relationship between World Wide Web and Wiki

The historical precedent of wiki, the world wide web, could only imagine the level of bilateral information sharing it has reached with Wikipedia and Wiki leaks. World wide web started as a fairly unilateral approach, which spawned from other unilateral precedents like the printing press. With the advancement in technologies and programming, world wide web evolved web pages to Wikis, and people began to freely exchange information online, jumping from unilateral to bilateral methods. The transition from unilateral to bilateral allowed for social growth and exercised freedom of speech for every individual.

 

APA reference list

The World wide web. (n.d.). Retreived Jan, 25, 2011 from
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_wikis/

 

Wiki leaks. (2006). Retreived Jan, 25, 2011, from
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiLeaks/

 

What is Wiki? (n.d.). Retrieved Jan, 25, 2011, from
http://wiki.org/wiki.cgi?WhatIsWiki/

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