Volume 67, Issue 8 p. 1956-1961
RESEARCH ARTICLE

Wikipedia, collective memory, and the Vietnam war

Brendan Luyt

Brendan Luyt

Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information, Nanyang Technological University, 31 Nanyang Link, Singapore, 637718 Singapore

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First published: 13 May 2015
Citations: 12

Abstract

Wikipedia is increasingly an important source of information for many. Hence, it is important to develop an understanding of how it is situated within society and the wider roles it is called onto perform. This article argues that one of these roles is as a depository of collective memory. Building on the work of Pentzold, I present a case study of the English Wikipedia article on the Vietnam War to demonstrate that the article, or more accurately, its talk pages, provide a forum for the contestation of collective memory. I further argue that this function is one that should be supported by libraries as they position themselves within a rapidly changing digital world.