From: Monty Solomon 

The Story Behind a Wikipedia Entry

SEPTEMBER 9, 2010, 8:09 PM

James Bridle founded a Web site called Booktwo in September 2006 to 
"investigate, analyze, catalog and debate the future of literature 
and the publishing industry." Over the years the site has been home 
to some interesting debates over literature and its transition from 
paper to screens.

In a post on Monday, Mr. Bridle talked about Wikipedia and the lack 
of understanding readers have about the backstory of each entry on 
the Web site.

Mr. Bridle picked Wikipedia for this discussion because he notes that 
the site offers a "historiography" - a thorough look at the history 
of each edit. Every change is documented and archived.

His essay points out that although an article on Wikipedia may tell a 
specific story, the edits show a process that involves the opinions 
and biases of each writer. In this respect Wikipedia, and in some 
instances other continually changing Web sites online, offer two 
stories: one that is front-facing to the reader and one that reveals 
the behind-the-scenes editing, writing and creative process.

To help illustrate the point, Mr. Bridle took the entry on the Iraq 
War and made physical books that illustrate the incredible discussion 
taking place in the background.