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Common Knowledge?An Ethnography of Wikipedia$
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Dariusz Jemielniak

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804789448

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804789448.001.0001

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Bureaucracy and Control

Bureaucracy and Control

Big Brother Is Watching

4 Bureaucracy and Control
Common Knowledge?

Dariusz Jemielniak

Stanford University Press

The chapter describes the amount of peer control that all Wikipedians experience, the Panopticon-like recording of all behaviors, and the control of participation through a high degree of regulation and procedures. It explains how the iron cage of bureaucracy on Wikipedia is tightening as a result of the community's need to stratify users and to create barriers to entry for newcomers. It shows that the bureaucratic creed is only one of Wikipedia's many ways of introducing informal strategies of domination and differentiation of user status.

Keywords:   organizational control online, bureaucracy in participative organizations, concertive control, procedures in open collaboration

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