I think Wikipedia provides the contents that have been created by the audience.

Needless to say, the audience can write and edit each article on Wikipedia while it is possible for them only to read the articles. According to Wikipedia (2016), there are 38 million articles in more than 250 languages. In addition, 27,556,750 registered editors and 133,339 active editors are said to exist in the English Wikipedia (ibid.).

It is obvious to say that the audience is vital for maintaining Wikipedia because the contents are edited by the audience. Especially, the active editors have played an important role to update the information. While it is generally accepted that the information of Wikipedia is not always reliable, there are 500 million unique visitors to Wikipedia every month (Cohen, 2014), so the editors of Wikipedia have enormous implication for a large audience. In addition, “an article is not considered to be owned by its creator or any other editor and is not vetted by any recognized authority (Wikipedia, 2016).” This means even if the editors are essential for Wikipedia, they are not privileged under its policies.

Since 2001, Wikipedia has provided encyclopedic knowledge. From the beginning, the audience has greatly participated in creating the contents.


  1. Cohen, N. (2014). Wikipedia vs. the Small Screen. The New York Times, 9 February. Available from [Accessed 22 February 2016].
  2. Wikipedia (2016). Wikipedia. Wikipedia. Available from [Accessed 22 February 2016].


  1. I think this is really interesting because people often forget that Wikipedia is created by contributors. We are told not to use it at school but yet we all still do, even though we know it is not reliable. It’s interesting that we seem to believe whatever we read online.

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  2. Although not everything on Wikipedia is reliable, it’s a really good way to introduce you to a topic which then can lead to you doing further research using different sources. I have been introduced to many new things just by clicking links on Wikipedia which then lead to me doing other research into it if I was interested.

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  3. Classic example! Wikipedia’s biggest contributor is us, the source may not be always reliable but founded in 2000, a website that could tell you everything about everything must of been pretty spectacular. Wikipedia is also very assessable as it’s in many languages which allows audience to shape content in all languages.

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