September 8, 2010

The Iraq War: Wikipedia Historiography

James Bridle, a fascinating London-based publishing maker/impresario, has produced a twelve-volume edition of every edit made to the Wikipedia entry on “The Iraq War” from December 2004 to November 2009.

Twelve thousand edits were made during the period; in Bridle’s edition, they make up seven thousand pages of text. (It might be fun to do an OED-esque compact edition, in two volumes, packaged with a magnifying lens.)

Read more about the project from Matthew Battles at HiLobrow.

. . . and from Bridles himself: On Wikipedia, Cultural Patrimony, and Historiography.

The two photos you see here are from Bridles’s Flickr set devoted to the project.

I must add that I’m just naturally disposed towards anyone whose Flickr profile icon is an image of Malcolm McDowell in Lindsay Anderson’s O Lucky Man!.


  1. Daryl Scroggins on September 8th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Are those what they call books?

  2. Sheila Ryan on September 8th, 2010 at 7:03 pm


  3. Daryl Scroggins on September 8th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Be funny if they had another Wikipedia dedicated to temporal views of the other Wikipedia. Then when they caught up they would have to fight over who would slow down first, both of them looking over virtual shoulders for some other coming down out of the sun.

  4. Deron Bauman on September 8th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    what does Conservapedia have to say about this?

  5. Sheila Ryan on September 8th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    That would be a 24/7 800-pound gorilla of a Wikipedia, Daryl.

    Wait . . .

  6. Sheila Ryan on September 8th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    If Conservapedia were true to its roots, we’d know in another generation.